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If Romney votes in Belmont, police will be ready for media onslaught

Posted by Evan Allen  October 16, 2012 08:37 AM

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Belmont Police are planning for a crush of media and security if Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney votes in his hometown on Nov. 6.

Belmont police released a press release Monday saying that Romney was planning to vote in Belmont, but Assistant Chief James MacIsaac said Tuesday that there was still a chance Romney could make other plans.

If Romney votes in Belmont, said MacIsaac, it will be at the Beech Street Center - in which case, the residential streets would fill up with news trucks and security.

"Our No. 1 concern is that residents of Belmont are safe, and that voters have unlimited access to voting places," he said. "We don’t want voters to be obstructed in any way when they're voting."

Romney has voted in Belmont in the past, said MacIsaac, when he was governor and when he was running for president in 2008.

"People generally come to see him vote," he said. "We haven’t had anybody who has complained that they weren’t allowed access to the polls."

Still, police are planning a meeting on Oct. 30 for residents to discuss traffic plans and parking.

The meeting will be held at the Beech Street Center at 7 p.m., he said.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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