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Ballot-Stuffing Complicates Selection of New T Paint Jobs

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The MBTA back in October put several different paint-job designs for new Orange, Red and Green line trains to a public vote. The voting ended Nov. 3 after respondents cast more than 175,000 online ballots. The top vote-getter for each route is supposed to become the future look of trains on said route. Except. Per the Globe: "[T]he voting included some unusual results. Most Orange Line color-pickers submitted their votes early, shortly after the contest was publicized. But votes for the Green Line and Red Line color schemes surged several days into the contest ... Additionally, hundreds of the votes came from the same IP address, which submitted as many as three survey responses per second, according to the survey's results page." The MBTA is looking into the irregularities.


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· MBTA Probing 'Irregular Voting Patterns' for New Train Exteriors [Globe]
· The 9 Paint-Job Options For the Red, Orange and Green Lines [Curbed Boston]