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Crowded Boston election may leave poll checkers outside

Boston, MA 071113 At Boston City Hall, Commissioners Ellen Rooney (cq) and Shawn Burke (cq), helped Geraldine Cuddyer (cq), right, Chair of the Board of Election Commissioners, who randomy pulled names of Boston Mayoral candidates to determine how they will appear on the ballot. (Staff Photo/Wendy Maeda) section: Metro slug: 12mayor reporter: Andrew Ryan
Geraldine Cuddyer, Board of Election Commissioners chairwoman, right, said “We’re concerned about how many bodies we can fit in one space.” Above, in July Cuddyer randomy pulled names of candidates to determine how they will appear on the ballot.Credit: Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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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.

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