As the New Hampshire primary marks its 100th year anniversary, a reflection on the past century reveals more than just a political process. Gavino Garay reports.
Political memorabilia collector and professor Richard Padova says his infatuation with the New Hampshire primary started with a campaign button from presidential candidate George Wallace 40 years ago. His small apartment is now inundated with the stuff. Padova's written about the history of the New Hampshire primaries -- the first presidential primary held every four years. And he says it's as if New Hampshire voters are doing the preliminary work for the rest of the country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICHARD PADOVA, POLITICAL MEMORABILIA COLLECTOR AND PROFESSOR AT NORTHERN ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SAYING: "They begin the weeding out process and they see themselves as doing a good job at that." Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says New Hampshire residents have a history of being independent and wanting to uphold their freedoms -- dating back to colonial times. But what prompted reform and the BIRTH of the primary in 1916 was fraud in the system. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVID SCANLAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE, SAYING: "Labor unions or political organizations actually controlled elections by buying votes and there was no uniform way for people to vote." Voters in The Granite State head to the primary polls on Tuesday - defending their spot as the first primary vote in the U.S. -- despite complaints in recent years from other states. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVID SCANLAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE, SAYING: "New York has the Statue of Liberty, Kentucky has the Derby, New Hampshire has the first in the nation presidential primary."