The First Election Day Results Are Already In, Thanks To A Quirky Old Law


3 November 2020, Ed Mazza, •Overnight Editor- HuffPost: Two small rural communities in New Hampshire cast their ballots just after midnight on Tuesday ― and, thanks to a quirk in state election law, they’ve also tallied the vote and released the results.

All five voters in Dixville Notch chose Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over President Donald Trump.
The first ballot was cast by lifelong Republican Les Otten, who voted for Biden and explained his decision in a video:

Biden’s sweep was the first in 60 years, since Richard Nixon won all nine votes cast over eventual winner John F. Kennedy in 1960.

In 2016, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won four votes versus two for Trump, one for Libertarian Gary Johnson and a write-in vote for Mitt Romney.

The small community of Millsfield finished its vote shortly after Dixville Notch, with Trump having better luck: He beat Biden 16-5. Trump also received 16 votes there in 2016, versus 5 for Clinton.
A third community, Hart’s Location, also typically holds a midnight vote but canceled this year due to the corona virus pandemic.

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