The town cast its first vote on US election day

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The town cast its first vote on US election day 0
The town cast its first vote on US election day 0

The town cast its first vote on US election day

Dixville Notch, a small town in New Hampshire, was one of the first places in the country to know the results of the presidential election in just a few hours on Election Day.

The people of Dixville Notch, a small town in southeastern New Hampshire, have spent months of suspense and anxiety, as they may have to give up the tradition of being the first in the country to vote on Election Day this year.

`We’re very grateful to still be able to keep this tradition,` said Tom Tillotson, one of the people remaining in the village, son of Neil Tillotson – the person who first started this tradition for the village in 1960.

`Back in the day, when we first started this tradition, we had nine voters. Now there are only five left and this is the smallest number we have ever had.`

The town cast its first vote on US election day

Tom Tillotson, town administrator, voted at midnight on November 7, 2016.

Polling stations open from midnight have attracted international media attention since 1960, allowing news agencies to report the first `results` from the famous Balsams Resort after the vote ended

But that almost couldn’t happen this year, when Dixville Notch narrowly missed the minimum voter turnout requirement to be considered a town.

In February, the town gained another official resident, Leslie `Les` Otten, who returned to live in Dixville Notch before the primary to fill a vacancy in the February 11 primary.

Besides Tillotson and Otten, the other residents are Deborah and Tanner – Tillotson’s wife and son, as well as Joe Casey, the resort’s employee and maintenance man.

`I’ve lived within 72 kilometers of this spot since 1972,` Otten said.

The midnight vote not only attracted viewers and media, but also attracted presidential candidates, although no candidates came here this year due to Covid-19.

`Both the Bush family used to come here to campaign,` Tillotson said.

The Balsams Resort, where the midnight vote took place, is quite damaged and is being renovated.

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