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Shuttered Balsams Resort Still Plans To Host First New Hampshire Voters

The Associated Press


Developers say a shuttered New Hampshire resort where the nation's first presidential primary ballots have been traditionally cast will once against host midnight voting in 2016.

The nearly 150-year-old Balsams resort in Dixville Notch closed in September 2011, and its new owners are still waiting for permits for their extensive restoration plans.

Project spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne says the goal is to have a portion of the resort's Dix House ready for the February primary, but voting also could be held in another building on the property.

He says all contents of the traditional ballot room have been preserved and could be set up elsewhere, and there likely will be a dozen or so resort workers living on the property who would vote.

The midnight voting tradition goes back to 1960.

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