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Recalling West Wing And Early Votes From New Hampshire At Midnight

November 7, 2016

I might have had too much coffee today and also added to the natural adrenaline that comes a day before The Day–well…it makes my mind bounce about.  (James has had his patience tested–but he is still smiling.)  I was thinking, while getting a post ready once the votes come in shortly after 11 P.M. tonight, about a West Wing episode that plays nicely with what is about to happen.  Thank God for You Tube!

Political nerds and Aaron Sorkin fans may remember the West Wing episode, “Hartsfield’s Landing,” a fictitious nod to small towns in New Hampshire. In it, Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman describes the small town of 42 people (Hart’s Location has 41) that votes at 12:01 a.m. and reports results at 12:07 a.m., giving the press something to talk about for 21 hours before anything else happens. At the end of the episode, a reporter describes the scene at the ballot location:

“Two roads, no traffic lights, a filing cabinet and a countertop in the clerk’s basement. But Hartsfield’s Landing, New Hampshire, is where democracy begins for the world’s only superpower. It’s 12:01 a.m., and the registrar of voters — who’s also the principal and only teacher at the Hartsfield’s school — calls the roll of voters.”

On the show, the fictional town had correctly predicted the presidential election — not just the Republican nominee — every year since William Howard Taft.




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