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MBTA mishegas at South Station

After not taking Commuter Rail for several weeks, I got a surprise as I had to pass through a gauntlet at South Station on the way to Fairmount early this afternoon. Some Campbell's-kids looking junior T employees confronted every aspiring passenger at the entry to Track 9. They demanded tickets for that specific train. I carped as I had to unburden myself of my Haymarket goodies and coffee to dig into my shirt pocket. The kid blocking me tried to be solemn in saying, "It's in the tariff!" Read more.

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Tricksy Voting and Watchful Voters

I have a few fans or gadflies from my role as a precinct warden in Boston. A few discuss elections and voting procedures when we meet on the sidewalk, supermarket, Y or elsewhere in Hyde Park or even Dedham.

One in particular is determined to stump me on ways a vote or the whole precinct can be gamed. He's pulled up in his car beside me when I hike up and down the hills (Brush and Fairmount) as well as in those other places. He walked to my side yard today while I was weeding my raised beds for the winter.

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Early voting jest

Sigh, as I feared when family members returned from early voting in Boston, all those ballots will be treated as absentee ones come Tuesday. That is, they will arrive in masses of envelopes inside larger envelopes for the wardens and clerks to process.

Our training for the recent primary included a promise that Elections would be able to process voters from the 255 precincts via smart computer tech. That would have meant fewer ballots for each precinct to handle. But no... Read more.

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