The rural hamlets of New Hampshire with a voting population of less than 100, became the first regions to cast their vote in the much awaited US Presidential elections of 2016. Dixville Notch, New Hampshire saw Clinton beat Trump with a margin of 4 votes to 2. Libertarian Gary Johnson received one vote while Mitt Roney too got handled a surprising write-in. In Hart’s Location, Clinton won with 17 votes to 14. According to the laws of New Hampshire, any community that has fewer than 100 voters would be able to cast their votes at midnight and close the polls as soon as every registered voter casts his vote.
The Dixville Notch is known to be voting at midnight since 1960. In 1960, Neil Tillotson, former owner of the Grant Resort Hotel, started voting at midnight as a publicity gimmick. Another interesting fact to note is that almost all the voters of the region are employees of the resort. The Hart’s Location was the first town in the USA to start this midnight voting tradition in 1948. It all started when the region was inhabited mostly by Maine Central Railroad workers and early voting was the most convenient way for them. The practice was stopped in 1964 after it garnered too much attention but was again revived in 1996.
Meanwhile, Millsfield, which lies only 12 miles from Dixville Notch is the newest town to join in on the act. They started the practice in 1952 and stopped in the 1960s. It was invited to take up the midnight polls in by the NH secretary of state in the honour of the 100th anniversary of the NH primary. Although too much cannot be possibly read from the results of these elections. These people have been mostly Republican until they voted for Obama in 2008.