Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Galvin, did not return a phone call yesterday seeking comment on Hughes’ request that he spend today in Lawrence, which has a history of voting problems that once brought federal intervention. In 1998, the city agreed to elect some city councilors and school committee members by districts rather than at-large to settle claims by the federal Justice Department that electing them all at large diluted the influence of Hispanic voters.
Earlier, Michelle Tassinari, director of the Secretary of State’s Election Division, said she would dispatch observers to the city again for today’s election.
Rivera has said Galvin should go further and take over management of the election from the city.
The Massachusetts chapter of Common Cause, which advocates for good-government reforms, also said it is sending observers to Lawrence today.