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How crowded is the election field in Boston this fall? So crowded that election officials are worried that mobs of competing poll checkers inside voting places will leave no room for voters.
The field is so crowded that signs for the 50 candidates running for mayor and City Council may blot out sunlight.
To fight democratic gridlock, election officials will convene a logistics meeting with all campaigns. The most pressing issue will be poll checkers: campaign workers stationed inside voting places who check off names and play a crucial role in get-out-the-vote operations.
Campaigns are allowed to station observers inside polling places, but some of Boston’s voting stations are in cramped spaces in churches and senior centers. There may simply not be room for all the poll checkers, forcing campaigns to share.