connectthe Video-‘first in the nation” election-tradition in New Hampshire in danger
It is a fight now over who to throw out a ballot in the early primary States, New Hampshire. This comes as the state rolls out the legendary “first in the nation” polling site in Dixville Notch faces, and a study of voters in a 2016 contest.
DIXVILLE NOTCH, N. H. — Every four years, at midnight, a small New Hampshire town, 20 miles incision South of the Canadian border with less than a dozen inhabitants in the national spotlight.
The town of Dixville Notch cast comes together to be open to its primary votes at once, the minute, the votes, the billing itself as the first in the nation.
“Every four years, Dixville voters, your five minutes of fame,” says Tom Tillotson, of the town election moderator. “Four minutes later, everybody’s forget us for another four years.”
But the tradition is now in danger.
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This comes under the control of the contest in 2016 in Dixville Notch election-investigators reported at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, New Hampshire Public Radio.
Dixville Notch-election-Moderator Tom Tillotson, the counting of the ballot papers in the election in 2016, in which several votes were contested. (FOX NEWS)
“We have identified some irregularities in the way that they have their elections,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew Broadhead, who supervised the choice of the Right unit. “And so we have extended the question to the election officials.”
Broadhead said that his team found have been sold, some of the votes in the election of 2016, of persons who do not live in the city, along with some other inconsistencies in the voter registry. They were tipped by a neighboring city clerk, and identified the residents in your town coverage of the Dixville Notch observe primary, the Attorney General’s preliminary report.
Eight people voted in Dixville Notch in 2016. Since the investigation, the voter began to roll down, only five — the minimum number of people required for the city elections, in the state of New Hampshire.
These five people are working Tillotson, his wife, his son and two people,, open the shutters at the balsams Resort in the middle of the city.
In its heyday, the balsams Dixville used Notch elections, the attraction is in the slow winter months in the North of the country.
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Since 2011, the 150-year-old resort has sat in the serenity of the New Hampshire wilderness. If lip balms and a nearby factory closed, it was all the people who work there, has left a Ghost town.
The balsams Resort in Dixville Notch, has sat vacant since 2011. (ROB DIRIENZO / Fox News)
Although it was, in the meantime, some other small New Hampshire towns, participating in midnight voting in 1960, Dixville Notch, the first. Tillotson said Dixville Notch is a symbol for full democracy in action.
“The whole point of Dixville vote, the public Is not,” said Tillotson. “The whole point is to encourage people to get out and vote—lead by example. Here is a small town, where one hundred percent of the population will be up at midnight. This is not easy.”
Even though Dixville Notch dubs participate in “First in the Nation,” several other small New Hampshire towns and cities in the tradition. (ROB DIRIENZO / Fox News)
While the fate of the tradition is based on the balsams project, and elsewhere in the state, a whole series of proposed changes to New Hampshire’s voting laws completely transform elections in the state.
In the legislature, the Democrats were recently back in control of almost 60 bills proposed to change almost every aspect of the electoral process. Some bills seek to reform the lobbying and how campaign Finance rules, while much of the focus was on the rules for eligibility.
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The New Hampshire American Civil Liberties Union sued the state, calling for a new law, a driver’s license to vote is unconstitutional.
“Now, someone who votes in New Hampshire to have to get a New Hampshire driver’s license and register your car in New Hampshire and that said the cost of hundreds of dollars here,” Henry Klementowicz, staff attorney for the New Hampshire ACLU. “This is a fee that you have to pay, simply as a result of the vote. We think, therefore, that a head is expensive, and this is wrong.”
While the action is pending, Democrats in New Hampshire legislature a tough fight, the adoption of laws by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu in the governor’s mansion.
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Meanwhile, back in Dixville Notch, Tillotson hopes that the balsams project will prevail, so the tradition will live, to see how the 2020 election.
“I don’t think that I’ve adopted, but the Dixville Notch midnight is over the vote,” said Tillotson, look down. “So I’m optimistic. As I said, there are a lot of good stuff happening inside. This project is to go on the search front, and more to the front.”