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Resort won’t be open for first voting this year

DIXVILLE NOTCH — Voters in tiny Dixville have cast some of the nation’s first ballots for president at the historic Balsams Grand Resort Hotel for more than 50 years.

But not this year.

The hotel will be closed for the Nov. 6 election. The village’s 10 registered voters will 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 ballots for president 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 reopen it next year. The only other place casting midnight votes is Hart’s Location in the White Mountains. They began the tradition in 1948.

From wire dispatches and staff reports