Friday, October 31, 2008
At midnight on November 4, every registered voter in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, will cast a vote in the nation’s first presidential actual; election day balloting of the 2008 election presidential election. Within moments after midnight, the polls will be declared closed. You see, state election law allows New Hampshire communities to shut down polling as soon as all eligible voters have cast ballots.
How can Dixville Notch guarantee that all voters will be present and accounted for at the stroke of midnight? Well, for starters, there are only 26 of them. More importantly, Dixville Notch’s status as the “First in the Nation” to voice its preference for a presidential candidate in both the primary and the general election has been a cherished community tradition since 1960.
We speak with Rick Erwin, Dixville Town Clerk, about the tradition of midnight voting in his community, how they prepare and how they pull it all off that night.
Also, see how Dixville Notch voted on Election Day 2008: http://vodpod.com/politics/watch/10968-raw-video-dixville-notch-chooses-obama