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Balsams won't be open for 1st ballots this year

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DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - For the first time since 1960, the stately resort that's the site of New Hampshire's first-in-the nation presidential voting will be closed for the Nov. 6 election.

The tradition of midnight voting in the tiny community of Dixville will continue, however.

The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, a remote, Victorian- and Alpine-style complex about 20 miles from Canada, is under new ownership and is closed for renovations. It is known for its wood-paneled Ballot Room, where residents cast their votes for president at midnight on New Hampshire's primary day and on the nation's Election Day. The room is filled with a time capsule of political articles and cartoons from presidential campaigns and a special glass-encased ballot box.

This year, the Nov. 6 voting will be held at a local ski lodge.

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