It was not enough to show up at Holy Name Parish Hall in West Roxbury.
First, voters had to pick their way through a gauntlet of volunteers pushing campaign leaflets, six candidates asking for votes, union nurses gathering petition signatures, and a mother stumping for her son for mayor.
Some voters said they felt intimidated by the onslaught of last-minute lobbying.
“I prefer just to go in, and put in my time,” said Crystal Tiala, a drama professor at Boston College, as she emerged from the teeming political bazaar. “Oh, look, here comes somebody else with a petition,” she said.
But even those who felt overwhelmed by the crush of campaigners acknowledged that they were participating in a pivotal moment in the city’s history.
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