The Boston Elections Department reports it will hold absentee ballots in District 1 (East Boston, Charlestown and the North End) until the end of voting tomorrow "due to anonymous concerns" about ballots there.
Last week, the department voided six ballots in Chinatown (which is in District 2) and gave the people whose names were on the envelopes new ones over concerns about "vote farming" - in which volunteers from one council campaign allegedly scooped up blank ballots sent to elderly residents.
In East Boston, the department says it has no similar evidence, "just being proactive."
And it definitely has nothing to do with the fact that Martin Kain, a top official in the department who lives in Dorchester, gave $1,000 to candidate Stephen Passacantilli. The department says:
Employees can legally donate to a candidate. We expect service of high ethical standards in conducting elections & our staff provides that.