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Obama, Hassan and Shea-Porter win in early morning voting in Hart’s Location

  • Nancy Dindorf checks a name off her list as town moderator Les Schoof places a ballot in the box at Hart's Location Town Hall just after midnight on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012. Twenty-three residents voted for Barack Obama, nine for Mitt Romney and one for Gary Johnson.<br/><br/>

    Nancy Dindorf checks a name off her list as town moderator Les Schoof places a ballot in the box at Hart's Location Town Hall just after midnight on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Twenty-three residents voted for Barack Obama, nine for Mitt Romney and one for Gary Johnson.

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  • Campaigns sign lean against a van as someone pulls away from Hart's Location Town Hall around 1:00 AM on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012.<br/><br/>

    Campaigns sign lean against a van as someone pulls away from Hart's Location Town Hall around 1:00 AM on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

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  • Supervisor of the checklist Carolyn King (second from right) helps residents of Hart's Location line up alphabetically to get through registration faster in their midnight vote on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012. Thirty three ballots were cast, eight by absentee, the rest in five minutes.<br/>

    Supervisor of the checklist Carolyn King (second from right) helps residents of Hart's Location line up alphabetically to get through registration faster in their midnight vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Thirty three ballots were cast, eight by absentee, the rest in five minutes.
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  • Bill King sets the flag on the wall of hart's Location's town hall shortly before midnight. Residents of Hart's Location voted just after midnight on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012, making it the first town in the country to vote in the general election.

    Bill King sets the flag on the wall of hart's Location's town hall shortly before midnight. Residents of Hart's Location voted just after midnight on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, making it the first town in the country to vote in the general election. Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Nancy Dindorf checks a name off her list as town moderator Les Schoof places a ballot in the box at Hart's Location Town Hall just after midnight on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012. Twenty-three residents voted for Barack Obama, nine for Mitt Romney and one for Gary Johnson.<br/><br/>
  • Campaigns sign lean against a van as someone pulls away from Hart's Location Town Hall around 1:00 AM on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012.<br/><br/>
  • Supervisor of the checklist Carolyn King (second from right) helps residents of Hart's Location line up alphabetically to get through registration faster in their midnight vote on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012. Thirty three ballots were cast, eight by absentee, the rest in five minutes.<br/>
  • Bill King sets the flag on the wall of hart's Location's town hall shortly before midnight. Residents of Hart's Location voted just after midnight on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012, making it the first town in the country to vote in the general election.

It took less than six minutes for the town of Hart’s Location to cast their votes early Tuesday morning.

Of the 33 ballots cast, 23 were for Barack Obama, nine for Mitt Romney and one for Gary Johnson. Maggie Hassan received 22 votes for governor, ahead of Ovide Lamontagne’s nine votes and John Babiarz’s two votes. Twenty-three residents voted for Democrat Carol Shea-Porter for Congress while nine voted for Republican Frank Guinta and one for Libertarian candidate Brendan Kelly.

Of the 36 registered voters, 25 came out to cast their ballots just after the stroke of midnight to complete the town’s claim as the first in the country to cast their votes in the national election. Eight voted absentee. A bus from Obama for America waited on the side of Highway 302 just down the hill and about a dozen non-residents watched from near the door.

Actually, there are two New Hampshire communities that vote just after midnight. In Dixville Notch voters headed to the Balsams ski lodge since the resort hotel is undergoing renovations.

The first vote tradition was started in Hart’s Location in 1948 and the town considers itself the first town to cast a vote. The tradition, started in 1948 to accommodate local railroad employees, was discontinued in the 1960s, but revived in 1996. For almost 30 years town residents voted in the basement of town clerk, Marion Varney’s home, but have spent the last few years in a town hall built from cabins moved from Crawford Notch when the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center was built.

There are 36 registered voters in the town, which stretches like a thin strip of ribbon between Bartlett and Crawford Notch and is surrounded on the north and south by the high peaks of the White Mountain National Forest.

Just wanted to give a shout out to the workers at Ward#10 East Concord for doing such a terrific job. The lines kept moving really well and everyone was in a terrific mood. They had seperate lines for those without ID. That kept the lines moving really well for those of us with an ID. I have to say, in the 22 years I have lived here, that was the most folks I saw voting ever. Get Out There And Vote Folks! This is a very important election.

Biased? I think so, no mention of the results in Dixville Notch where it is much closer.

Results were tied 5 each.

Yep, not that it really matters much. Just wondering why they chose Hart's and not Hart's location and Dixville Notch.

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