NH resort won't be open for 1st voting this year


DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Voters in the tiny village of Dixville, N.H., have cast some of the nation's first ballots for president for more than 50 years.

But not this year.

Balsams Grand Resort Hotel will be closed for the Nov. 6 election. The village's 10 registered voters can still continue the midnight tradition at a local ski lodge.

The Victorian- and Alpine-style complex about 20 miles from Canada is closed for renovations. Residents have cast their ballots for president at midnight in the wood-paneled Ballot Room on New Hampshire's primary day and the nation's Election Day since 1960.

Two local businessmen bought the nearly 150-year-old resort and hope to re-open it next year. The only other place casting midnight votes is Hart's Location in the White Mountains. They began the tradition in 1948.

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