In what is certainly going to be a very tight race for the White House, U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump was out early on Tuesday to cast his ballots at his designated polling station.
Voting began shortly after midnight in New Hampshire, a state where towns with fewer than 100 residents are allowed to start voting at midnight and then close again when everyone leaves to “go to bed.”
As every year, the first ballots were counted shortly after midnight in the tiny hamlets of Dixville Notch, Hart’s Location and Millsfield, New Hampshire.
In Dixville Notch, Clinton won double the amount of votes garnered by Trump, 4-2. The tiny hamlet is seen as a harbinger of things to come in America’s elections, and has been a predictor of the election outcomes since 1984.
In Hart’s Location, Clinton won 17 votes, Trump won 14, Gary Johnson won 3 and Bernie Sanders and John Kasich were both write-ins.
But in Millsfield, Trump won 16 votes, four times more than Clinton, who won only 4, and Bernie Sanders again was a write-in.
So in the first three hamlets of New Hampshire, Trump beat Clinton, 32-25.
In the tiny island of Guam, a U.S. territory, Clinton won a “straw poll” taken 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Historically Guam has correctly predicted the winner of America’s presidential elections for the past 30 years.
The “straw poll” is taken because Guam does not vote in the U.S. elections since it has no representation in the Electoral College, even though all of its voters are American citizens. Nevertheless, the island’s pick is seen as predictive of the U.S. electoral outcome.
On Guam, Clinton won 71.63 percent of the vote. Donald Trump received 24.16 percent, and Socialist candidate Soltysik, the third-party candidate on the ballot, received 4.22 percent.
The Trump team is also preparing for legal challenges they may want to file after the polls have closed.
In Nevada, attorneys for the Trump campaign filed legal briefs Monday night, asking for relief in case “the election of presidential electors from the State of Nevada is contested,” CNN reported.
The attorneys filed suit against Joe P. Gloria, the Clark County Registrar of Voters regarding his decision to keep the polls open “two hours beyond the designated closing time.” The lawsuit names polling sites with large minority populations. County spokesperson Dan Kulin told CNN that early voting stations processed voters who were in line at closing time to allow as many people as possible to vote. Trump attorneys requested an order to keep those early vote ballots separate from other ballots.
In Brooklyn, New York, meanwhile, the Board of Elections made a last-minute decision on Election Day to close one polling site and merge the voters’ list with that of another nearby polling station.
Confused voters in a tony residential area who went to cast their ballots before rushing off to work were unaware of the change until they arrived at the site. Many were frustrated and several told JewishPress.com they “didn’t have time to go to the other site, and just hoped they would be able to make it after work.”
Hana Levi Julian