March 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM ET
There are only two registered voters in the tiny, 1.92-acre precinct in rural Larimer County, Colo.
The two-voter district is where Ann Grant, a Democrat, and her husband, Butch Hartson, a Republican, share a home with their three-legged dog, Pippy.
“The dog is the independent but she’s easily swayed,” Hartson told TODAY.com.
Last year’s redistricting placed the couple in the state’s smallest precinct and put their adjacent 15-acre parcel in an entirely different district. The couple found out about the fluke after chatting with a local GOP official.
They've been assured by local officials that their votes are rolled in with another precinct's to help preserve privacy. Most of Larimer County’s precincts have between 1,200 and 1,500 voters, Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle told the Denver Post.
“When we first found out about it I was kind of incredulous,” Grant said. “I thought ‘how could something like this happen?’ We joked — you could caucus with yourself.”
The couple tries to take the same light-hearted approach when discussing politics — the key to helping keep their 13-year, bipartisan partnership strong.
“We talk about politics occasionally and if it comes to a point that we reach an impasse we agree to disagree,” said Hartson, a licensed gun dealer whose wife, Grant, is ambivalent on gun ownership.
The couple tends to agree on social policy but disagree on fiscal matters.
All the attention on their little precinct has sparked anew the couple’s interest in politics.
Grant is dissatisfied with the GOP, which she says is “a mess” thanks to the Tea Party and former President George W. Bush. She feels President Barack Obama has gotten a “bum rap” and is considering volunteering to help his campaign.
And the dog? Her vote is up for grabs, depending on the political weather.
“I talk to her sweetly, but my husband offers her more treats,” Grant said.
TODAY.com political contributor Halimah Abdullah is the site's woman in Washington.