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First polls open on US election day

06 November 2012, 09:02

Dixville Notch - Residents of two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire headed to the polls at midnight, casting the first election day votes in the US.

After 43 seconds of voting, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each had five votes in Dixville Notch.

In Hart's Location, Obama won with 23 votes, Romney received nine and Libertarian Gary Johnson received one vote. Thirty-three votes were cast in five  minutes, 42 seconds.

The towns have been enjoying their first-vote status since 1948 and it's a matter of pride to get everyone to the polls.

Hart's Location Selectman Mark Dindorf says you could call it a friendly competition to see who gets their votes tallied first, although he says Hart's Location is a town and Dixville Notch is a precinct.

- AP


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