From today’s Globe:
Secretary of State William F. Galvin declared yesterday that he will seize control of the Boston Election Department because the city has repeatedly demonstrated an inability to conduct fair and smooth elections.
The extraordinary move followed reports that the city ran out of ballots Tuesday at about 30 precincts in Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and East Boston, heavily minority areas where voters turned out in droves to support Deval L. Patrick for governor.
Good for Galvin. This is at least the third serious Boston election fiasco in the last six years. In 2000, Galvin ordered a citywide recount after noticing that many Boston precincts had recorded 0 votes for all statewide ballot questions.
UPDATE (by David): The Globe has helpfully supplied a chronology of voting problems in Boston, and the city’s responses, going back to 2003.