Harts Location voted for Obama in both 2008 and 2012. Dixville Notch went to Obama in 2008 and split between Obama and Romney in 2012. Results for the third town, Millsfield are only reported for 2016, which were Trump 16, Hillary 4, and Bernie 1.
11/8/16, "Trump takes 32-25 lead in New Hampshire after midnight voting," USA Today, William Cummings
the world waits with bated breath for the results of Tuesday's
contentious presidential election, its eyes turned briefly to three
sleepy hamlets in rural New Hampshire, as their residents — fewer than
100 total — became the first in the nation to cast their ballots....
In the three New Hampshire towns with midnight voting, Trump came out ahead 32-25....
In Dixville Notch, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump
4-2. Libertarian Gary Johnson received one vote, and the 2012
Republican candidate, Mitt Romney received a surprise write-in ballot.
In the slightly larger burg of Hart's Location, Clinton won with
17 votes to Trump's 14. Johnson got three of Hart's Location votes,
while write-ins Bernie Sanders and John Kasich each got one vote. And in Millsfield, Trump won decisively, 16-4, with one write-in for Bernie Sanders....
to New Hampshire law, communities with under 100 voters can open their
polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have
cast their ballots.
The best known of these three towns, Dixville Notch
has been voting at midnight every election since 1960. Neil Tillotson,
the former owner of the Balsams Grant Resort Hotel, which closed in
2011, started midnight voting in Dixville in 1960 to stir up publicity
for the resort. Almost all of the Dixville voters are employees of the
This could be Dixville's last year in the election spotlight, however. Les Otten,
a New England businessman, bought the Balsams and plans to redevelop it
into a massive ski resort. That could bring the population in Dixville
over 100 people, thereby ending its midnight voting tradition.
Hart's Location was the first town to begin the tradition of early voting in 1948. According to the town's website, it started when the town was "inhabited mostly by Maine Central Railroad
workers and their families" and early voting became the most convenient
way for them to vote. The practice apparently garnered too much media
attention for the folks of Hart's Location, however, and midnight voting
was abandoned in 1964, "when residents became tired of all the media
ruckus and voted to end it."
Hart's Location revived the practice
in 1996. The town website blames the 32-year lull in midnight voting as
the reason Dixville Notch gets all the attention, even though Dixville
began the practice more than a decade later than Hart's Location.
located just over 12 miles down the road from Dixville Notch, is the
newest town to get in on the act. Millsfield began midnight voting as
early as 1952 (no one seems certain exactly when) and stopped the
practice in the 1960s (again, no one seems certain exactly when). The
town was invited to take the tradition back up last year by New
Hampshire's secretary of State, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the
New Hampshire primary.
“It’s important for us to revisit history that has been forgotten by
most people,” Wayne Urso, the Millsfield election official who is
spearheading the midnight vote told Medill News Service.
read too much into the results from these towns....Dixville voted for the Republican in every
election since 1960...until going for Obama in 2008, and splitting the vote between Romney and Obama in 2012.
reviving midnight voting, Hart's Location voted for Dole in 1996, Bush
in 2000 and 2004, and, like Dixvillem, broke with tradition to vote for
Obama in 2008 and 2012."...