In the end, Swampscott voted as did the entire state or district on the contested major races, giving majority support to the Democrats: President Obama, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congressman John Tierney.
The turnout was 80.4 percent, on a par with the last presidential election when 80 percent of Swampscott's registered voters voted.
LIVE 2012 SWAMPSCOTT ELECTION RESULTSRace Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President
Obama-Biden4,899 Romney-Ryan 3,202 U.S. Senate
Elizabeth Warren4,229 Scott Brown 3,982 U.S. Congress District X
John Tierney4,261 Richard Tisei 3,384 Daniel Fishman 326 MA Senate Third Essex and Middlesex District Thomas McGee 6,000
MA House Eighth Essex District
Lori Ehrlich 6.019
Answer Results Answer Results
Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 6,247 No 888 Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 4,272 No 3.691 Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 5,328 No 2,555
Swampscott Updates From The Polls
Monday, 3:30 p.m. Town Clerk Susan Duplin had her ballots and polling clerk supplies neatly packed in boxes at Town Hall, ready to be transported within the hour to the town's three polling places.
Monday the Town Clerk's Office was thronged with people, 10 at a time throughout the day, according to one account.
The clerk is expecting an 85 percent turnout — of the 10,263 registered voters in town. An 85 percent turnout would be 5 percentage points greater than the last presidential election.
Almost a thousand people had applied for absentee ballots before Monday's deadline and more than half of them have voted.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
9:30 a.m. Cars parked up and down Elmwood by Precincts 3&4 at First Church. So far nor lines spotted out the front door.
10 a.m. Asked for a personal presidential memory, Swampscott historian Lou Gallo said th eonly time his parents argued in front of the kids wasduring the Eisenhower and Stevenson presidential election in '52. His dad was a Republican and his mom was a Democrat.
11 a.m. GOP sign toter Tim Keeter said the line extended 50 feet from the door at First Church when he arrived to the polls at 6:45 a.m.
2:20 p.m. Town Clerk Susan Duplin reported that," so far, more than half the Town has voted….The totals for all the Precincts 700’s or 800’s….The polls have been steady all day."
Snippets from noon to 2 p.m.
Sotir Shuka, a former writer and journalist in his native Albania, voted in his first US presidential election today, casting his ballot at the First Church of Swampscott in the morning.
Back in his native land his life was endangered for his political writings. People voted in Albania but they were told whom to vote for, told which ballot box to place their vote in, their actions monitored by police.
He became an American citizen one year ago.
Today, he said, he voted for change.
"We need to move forward, we're kind of stuck," he said.
Inside the First Church, Laura Kelly was voting in her latest presidential election. She first voted back in the 1980s.
She votes because it is important, a civic duty and because she has a clear-cut favorite in the race.
"I want Obama back and things done right," she said.
On the Road
Over at the Swampscott Dunkin' Donuts, the clerk said he was for Obama, too, but most of the people who were driving up to the Dunkin' window were saying they voted or were going to vote for Romney, he said.
All three polling places in town were busy, even hectic.
Some voters came to the polls and discovered they needed to reactivate their registration.
Some voters found out they had come to the wrong precinct.
Over at Precinct 2 the walk wasn't very far for some voters in the wrong place.
The Senior Center typically has both Precinct 1 & 2 voting in the same room; one on one side of the lunch room, the other on the other side of the lunch room.
But Precinct 2 Warden Sherman Freedman said voting officials decided to put the precincts in different rooms after experiencing how busy it got in the last presidential election.
They were busy today, too, albeit, in different rooms.
As of 1 p.m., more than half, 733, of (about) 1,300 registered voters at Precinct 2 had voted.
After they were done casting their ballots, voters could treat themselves to homemade baked goods.
In the cold outside the Senior Center, Ciara Silverman, Grade 10, and Alayna O'Keefe, Grade 9, sold baked goods including Election Day Cupcakes by junior Austin Sagan.
The sale was a benefit for the Peer Leaders group at the high school, a group that promotes positive activities such as a wellness event.
Ciara and Alayna had one pair of gloves between them so they shared, one wore the rightie and one wore the leftie. Then they would trade off to warm their other hands.
Fortunate for the baked sale sellers at First Church the sale was inside.
The big seller was the homemade cakepops. The goods were made by the moms of children who attend the church's preschool.
And the baked sale benefitted the preschool.
Earlier in the day, before lunch, GOP supporter Tim Keeter and several other GOP supporters held signs at the side of Monument Avenue without any competition from the left.
Their counterparts had been on the scene earlier.
He said he was getting an enthusiastic response form passersby, honked horns and thumbs up.
He didn't expect Romney to win in Massachusetts but he did think that the former governor would do better than expected.
Later, a contingent of sign toting Democrats returned to the scene, toting signs at the rotary. A saxophone player jazzed up the campaigning.
Sax player Paul Kusinitz of Lexington has been playing his big baritone sax at Elizabeth Warren events. Swampscott was his 31st stop in the campaign season.
At the Swampscott rotary he played swing numbers for about 90 minutes including Chatanooga Choo Choo.
He said it was delightful playing in the sun and looking out toward the ocean.
Town Clerk Susan Duplin, Assistant Town Clerk Connie Hayes and Noard of Registrars of Voters Sue Burgess, Paul Debole and Janet Fisher complete their tallying of results.