Joe Biden has secured the first victory of Election Day 2020 by winning all five votes in a tiny New Hampshire town.
Dixville Notch posted its final tally on a handwritten poster board just after midnight on Tuesday, as most Americans get some shut-eye before polls open nationwide this morning.
In recent years the town near the Canadian border has been among the first in the US to reveal election results, handing Hillary Clinton one of her first wins in 2016.
This year, all five ballots were cast within three minutes after midnight.
Meanwhile 12 miles away in Millsfield, ballot boxes also opened just after midnight, with all votes coming in just after Dixville Notch. President Donald Trump won that contest, with 16 votes to Biden’s five.
Normally, there would be a big food spread and a lot of media crammed into a small space to watch the voting in Dixville Notch, town moderator Tom Tillotson said last week.
But that’s no longer possible because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s also hard to observe the 60th anniversary of the tradition, which started in November 1960.
‘Sixty years – and unfortunately, we can’t celebrate it,’ he said.
A third community with midnight voting, Hart’s Location, suspended the tradition this election because of coronavirus concerns. It decided to hold voting from 11am to 7pm Tuesday.