Dixville Notch

The Associated Press


  A handful of voters in northern New Hampshire are getting ready to stay up late and cast the earliest in-person votes of the 2016 general election during the first minutes of Nov. 8.

The midnight voting tradition in Dixville Notch goes back to 1960. For many years it took place in a special ballot room at the Balsams hotel, but since the resort is undergoing major renovations, the voting will take place at the Hale House next door.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

At Dixville Notch the traditional midnight primary voting took less than a minute for the ballots to be cast by the four Republicans, four independents and one Democrat.

Moderator Tom Tillotson announced the results.

“On the Republican side we have for Donald J. Trump two. For John R. Kasich we have three. On the Democratic side we have four votes cast for Bernie Sanders. None for Hillary.”

The vote took place at the shuttered Balsams Resort. Most of the voters in previous years moved away after the resort closed late in 2011.

Shannon Reville

DIXVILLE, N.H. (AP) - Despite ongoing renovations to the longtime resort home of early voting in New Hampshire, residents in Dixville will cast their 2016 presidential primary ballots in the moments just past midnight on Feb. 9.

Since 1960, Dixville has cast the first ballots in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Traditionally, it was done in the Ballot Room at The Balsams' Dix House.

The resort closed in 2011 and is currently under renovation as part of a plan to redevelop it into a four-season destination.

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For decades, some the first ballots in the first in the nation primary have been cast in the same place: the Ballot Room at the Balsams grand resort hotel in Dixville Notch.

The Balsams resort is temporarily closed but next Tuesday residents of Dixville Notch still plan on being the first voters in the nation.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Just at midnight, while sensible people are sleeping, folks from Dixville Notch will be voting.

But for the first time since 1960 they won’t be at the Balsams resort.

It’s closed for a renovation.

Instead they will gather at a nearby ski lodge, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the resort.

The Balsams Auction: The End of An Era

May 13, 2012
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The walls and the hallways are largely empty today in one of New Hampshire’s oldest and grandest hotels.  As part of the plan to rebuild and renovate the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, the hotel’s new owners auctioned off many items this past Saturday.  The goal was to sell everything but photos and items of historical significance.