As is the tradition, the people of this isolated village in the Northeast corner of New Hampshire provide us with the first Election Day returns as they gather at their polling place in the The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel and cast their votes just after midnight. And as if on cue, the voters of the small unincorporated, Coos County village saw 5 ballots cast for Barack Obama and 5 for Mitt Romney. it was the first time in the Notch’s history that neither major Party candidate received a plurailty.
In 2008, the voters of Dixville Notch gave then Senator Barack Obama an overwhelming victory over Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Back then Obama received 15 votes to McCain’s 6. This time around, the tie vote seemed to only confirm everyone’s worst nightmare about this year’s presidential election being extremely close.
While Dixville Notch’s early returns are seen as about as reliable an indicator of the national election results as Punxsutawney Phil is of an accurate weather forecast, the historic tie gave anxious Americans little reason to expect an early decision in the presidential election on Tuesday night.
As intriguing as the vote total may be, what I find even more interesting is the fact that since 2008, the population of Dixville Notch has been reduced by more than half the size it was in 2008.
By law, no polling place can announce results until 100% of the registered voters have had the opportunity to cast their ballots. So by mutual accord, all voters in Dixville Notch agree to show up and vote at midnight so thet election officials can be certain that every eligible voter has cast their ballots. So we know that there was a 100% voter turnout in town. Which leads me to my question which is, what happened to the other 11 people who voted in 2008? Did the Obama economy wipe out more than half the population of that town?
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