USA Election : Voters In New Hampshire Hamlet Cast Ballots First

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Voters in Dixville Notch, a village of 12 residents in the US state of New Hampshire, kicked off Election Day at the stroke of midnight today by voting unanimously for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, reports AFP.

The vote and count only took a few minutes, with five votes for Biden and none for President Donald Trump, who is seeking a second term.

The tiny northeastern town in the middle of the forest, near the Canadian border, has traditionally voted “first in the nation” since 1960.

The report says, neighbouring village Millsfield also begins voting at midnight but a third village in the area, which typically follows the same tradition, cancelled overnight voting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Electoral laws in New Hampshire allow municipalities with fewer than 100 residents to open their polling stations at midnight and close them when all registered voters have fulfilled their civic duty.

Most polling stations on the East Coast is set to open at 6 or 7am (1100 or 1200 GMT) today.

 

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