- Title: US polls open in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire
- Date: 8th November 2016
- Summary: DIXVILLE NOTCH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 08, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** REGISTERED VOTERS CASTING THEIR VOTES IN BALLOT BOX WHITE FLASH REGISTERED VOTER CASTING HER VOTE IN BALLOT BOX OFFICIAL OPENING BALLOT BOX AND HANDING THEM OVER TO GET COUNTED OFFICIALS COUNTING VOTES OFFICIAL LOOKING ON OFFICIAL WRITING RESULTS ON BOARD CLOSE UP OF RESULTS ON BOARD READING 'CLINTON KAINE 4, TRUMP PENCE 2'
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- Keywords: USA election 2016 polls open Dixville Notch voting ballot
- Location: DIXVILLE NOTCH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, UNITED STATES
- City: DIXVILLE NOTCH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00157L2MO7
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- Story Text: The tiny population of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, was among the first to vote on Tuesday (November 08), the day Americans decide who will be their next president.
At the stroke of midnight eight registered voters cast their votes to mark the beginning of a tight election with the latest opinion polls measuring popular support for each candidate but showed Clinton narrowly ahead.
State law allows towns, or unincorporated communities like Dixville Notch, Hart's Location and Millsfield, to open their polls at midnight and close them shortly after only if they can prove that everyone who wanted to vote was able to.
Dixville Notch's midnight vote is a tradition started by a previous owner of the Balsams Resort.
Currently closed for renovations, the Dixville Notch hotel has hosted the state's longest-running midnight vote since 1960, drawing large crowds of reporters to the resort.
After the Dixville Notch cast votes were counted, Hillary Clinton emerged the winner gathering half of all votes with her rival Republican nominee Donald Trump coming second with two votes, Libertarian Gary Johnson getting one and Mitt Romney getting one as a write in.
Clinton and Trump raced through several battleground states on Monday in a last-ditch attempt to encourage their supporters to show up and vote on Election Day.
The Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project gave Clinton a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump, seeing her on track to win 303 Electoral College votes out of the 270 needed, to Trump's 235.
The Clinton campaign was boosted by Sunday's unexpected announcement by FBI Director James Comey that the agency stood by its July decision not to press any criminal charges in an investigation of Clinton's email practices while she was secretary of state.
Clinton, who is trying to become the first woman elected to the White House, had a 4 percentage point lead over Trump in separate polls by Fox News and CBS News released on Monday.
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