NASHUA, N.H. — Timing is one of the biggest differences between the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary.
While voters in Iowa had a specific timeframe where they could cast their votes, in New Hampshire voices were heard all throughout the day. In the afternoon, voter turnout started to pick up as most polling places close at 7 p.m., but others stay open as late as 8 p.m.
Voters felt energized as they kicked off the nation’s first primary, many saying they were enthusiastic about casting their ballots as the rest of the country and the world watched closely. Some said they were just excited to see what comes after tonight, the point in the race where candidates who performed poorly tend to drop out.
“This is the only way that I know that I can actually have my voice heard,” said Crystal Choate. “Voting is something that is super, super important. I was running around at work telling people they need to vote, and how important it is.”
“It’s a good feeling to know that we’re gonna help to winnow out some of the candidates that really shouldn’t have been bothering us,” said Don Gray, a voter.
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