VIDEO: Romney Votes

What's it like when the potential next leader of the free world votes in your town? Patch sent three editors to find out.

How do you start the most important day in your life? If you're Mitt Romney, you come back to your home town to vote. Belmont, MA will witness one of the rarest sites in America: A presidential candidate voting on election day.

Patch Editors capture the scene with tweets, photos, video and more. From broadcast news trucks to local media to protesters to residents just looking to get to Dunks, the scene was a colorful start to election day.


9:23 a.m.: "Line to vote has disappeared at Romney's polling place in Belmont," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

9:22 a.m.: Patch editor Melanie Graham took video of the Romney's accepting their ballots inside the Beech Street Center (Note: Audio recording was banned inside the polling location).

9:11 a.m.: "A lot of 'Run, Mitt, run" chants from Romney supporters in Belmont," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

9:06 a.m.: "The live shots have begun in Belmont," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch. Television crews and reporters have staked out positions outside the Beech Street Center.

9:01 a.m.: "Very unofficial exit poll in Belmont, Romney 1 Obama 0," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

8:59 a.m.: Here's our first image of Ann and Mitt Romney inside the polling station, getting ready to vote, Instagrammed and tweeted by @NewtonMaPatch from inside the Beech Street Center in Belmont.

8:53 a.m.: "Mitt and Ann Romney have voted in Belmont, leaving polls to campaign," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

8:44 a.m.: "Mitt Romney cut [the] line to vote in Belmont," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch. That's clearly a security measure.

8:42 a.m.: "Ann Romney's wearing a light blue dress to the polls in Belmont," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

8:41 a.m.: Mitt Romney has arrived and is walking into the polling station.

8:35 a.m.: "Line to vote at Mitt Romney's polling place now wrapping around building, more than 100 people," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

8:33 a.m.: WBZ's Karen Anderson snapped a photo of the Secret Service and a K-9 unit preparing for Romney's arrival.

8:29 a.m.: Not everyone in the crowd is happy to see Romney. A couple of people have unfurled a "Mitt Romney's Used and Obsolete Ideas Yard Sale" sign, according to @ArlingtonPatch.

8:23 a.m.: "Crowd has swelled to at least a few hundred to see Mitt Romney vote in Belmont," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

8:20 a.m.: "Romney is en route, almost at Beech Street Center to vote," tweeted @BelmontPatch from inside the voting station.

8:17 a.m.: The scene is drawing other candidates, too: "Local Dem state rep cand Dave Rogers greets voters," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

8:10 a.m.: "Traffic still moving on Beech Street with Mitt 20 minutes out," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

8:09 a.m.: "Based on signs, there's a mix of Repubs, Dems and Independents to see Mitt Romney vote," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

7:57 a.m.: "About 40 people lined up outside the Beech St Center to vote before Mitt Romney," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch. A resident said there were three times as many people in line when polls opened at 7 a.m..

7:50 a.m.: ABC's David Muir gathered up some Belmont children for an appearance on Good Morning America: "About 100 people here, including...local kids who are about to be on national TV," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch.

7:44 a.m.: Looks like things are still pretty quiet near the center.

"No traffic delays on Trapelo or Pleasant in Belmont yet due to Romney voting," tweeted @ArlingtonPatch

Ken November 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Economists AGREE US on path to economic recovery regardless of WHO wins... thanks OBAMA... now that that is aside...vote for whose principals you believe, and which man you can believe...but please VOTE.
Ken November 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
That's not true. None of these "economists" saw the 2008 meltdown. None of them recognized the housing bubble.. heck, Greenspan didn't recognize it. In fact, those that caused it are now in the highest echelons of government. The two party system is choking the life out of the country. Vote for real change, real hope. Vote Green! Vote Jill Stein!
JByrd November 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Anyone ever wonder why Virginia turned Purple or Blue? Gov't jobs. I work with gov't agencies often. Not the men/women on front lines, but pencil pushers. A White House report was uncovered but quickly buried to avoid losing votes: "Zients points to McKinsey data that show an ever-increasing gap between public and private sector productivity." http://mobile.businessweek.com/magazine/rerereinventing-government-again-01192012.html?section=highlights We are spending way beyond our means and our FUTURE obligations off the charts: See CNBC's "Are we rich or poor?" debate (worth watching): http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=1604902615 You can take every dime from each US citizen and still not enough. Google "CBO projections" " * There have now been 31 straight months of job growth, which translates into 5.2 million new jobs." - This has been labeled as false by the factcheckers See http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/10/03/fact-check-obamas-5-million-jobs/ OR just google "5 million job fact check". You'll also see some false statements made by Romney during the debate. Also, last weeks "7.8%" number nothing to be proud of. Most of the new jobs were part-time, many likely campaign work related AND the fed government went on a hiring spree the last two months. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57526635/unemployment-rate-falls-to-7.8-percent-44-month-low/
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