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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

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New Hampshire towns cast first Election Day votes
AP
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, November 06, 2012
First Published: 11:45 IST(6/11/2012)
Last Updated: 14:41 IST(6/11/2012)
Women hold up signs spelling "vote" on a stage being prepared for a speech by President Barack Obama at a campaign rally at the Community College of Aurora, in Denver. AP/Brennan Linsley

Residents of two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire headed to the polls at midnight, casting the first Election Day votes in the US.

After 43 seconds of voting, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each had 5 votes in Dixville Notch.


In Hart's Location, Obama won with 23 votes, Romney received 9 and Libertarian Gary Johnson received 1 vote. Thirty-three votes were cast in 5 minutes, 42 seconds.

The towns have been enjoying their first-vote status since 1948 and it's a matter of pride to get everyone to the polls.
Hart's Location Selectman Mark Dindorf says you could call it a friendly competition to see who gets their votes tallied first, although he says Hart's Location is a town and Dixville Notch is a precinct.


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