The First in the Nation to cast their votes

steve-w_-board20001Here’s just an amusing pre- Election Day story. The Town Clerk I regularly deal with has already said her office won’t have any results for me until Wednesday. Not so in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, a.k.a. the “First in the Nation” to voice its pick for a presidential candidate. 

A CNN Political Ticker reports there are only 20 registered voters in this small town (total population: 75). They start voting at 12 a.m. Tuesday. Just don’t look at Dixville Notch to predict the election:

But the result in Dixville Notch is hardly a reliable bellwether for the eventual winner of the White House or even the result statewide. Though New Hampshire is a perennial swing state, Dixville Notch consistently leans Republican — the last Democrat it picked was Hubert Humphrey over Richard Nixon in 1968.

President Bush also won the town in a landslide in the last two elections: He captured 73 percent of the vote in 2004 (19 residents picked Bush while six preferred Sen. John Kerry), and secured 80 percent of the vote in 2000 (21 votes for Bush, 5 votes for Al Gore.)

I love that Bush got 80 percent of the vote but there were only 26 people total who voted in that election.

Is anyone else wondering why out of 75 people, much less than half are even registered to vote? I was so I did some research on this little town. Yet all I could find was that the town is known for having its election results known early. Also, according to the 2000 census, there are only 10 households in the township and all of them were couples. See, you learn something new every day.

Image from www.nhliving.com.

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