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Bridgeport, Connecticut, holds election revote after ballot stuffing scandal

Jan 22

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A revote is being held in Bridgeport, Connecticut, after the Democratic mayoral primary election was tainted by a ballot stuffing scandal last year. Voters are set to hit the polls on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

A judge ordered the revote after the voting fraud was caught on camera. Now, there are new election complaints that have already been filed ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

John Gomes, running for mayor against incumbent Joe Ganim, filed a lawsuit against Ganim and multiple officials after the videos surfaced. Surveillance cameras outside ballot drop boxes captured several people inserting multiple ballots at once on multiple occasions.

According to Gomes’ lawyer Bill Bloss, video surveillance showed no more than 420 people use ballot drop boxes. However, over 1,200 ballots were inside the boxes.

Some of the people caught on camera were accused of being city employees who were connected to helping Ganim’s campaign.

Ganim beat Gomes by 251 votes in the September primary. Ganim then won again in the general election in November, but a judge ruled the election was void after overwhelming evidence of voter fraud in the primary.

The two Democratic candidates will square off once again on Tuesday. If Ganim wins the special primary election, the drawn-out race will be over. If Gomes wins the mayoral primary in the redo election, the city will also have to hold another general election on Feb. 27.

The criticized election is also facing a fresh round of complaints from the state.

Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas is asking the State Elections Enforcement Commission to look into 1,400 absentee ballots possibly being “illegally circulated” ahead of the  revote.

The allegations stem from a photo that “appears to show a person who isn’t registered with the clerk’s office, circulating absentee ballots.”

Residents are encouraged to vote in person on Tuesday.

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[KARAH RUCKER]

IT’S NOT ONLY VOTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE GOING TO THE POLLS TUESDAY.

IN BRIDGEPORT CONNECTICUT –

A **RE-VOTE IS BEING HELD AFTER THE DEMOCRATIC MAYORAL PRIMARY ELECTION WAS TAINTED BY A BALLOT STUFFING SCANDAL LAST YEAR.

BECAUSE OF THE WIDESPREAD FRAUD **CAUGHT ON CAMERA** –

A JUDGE ORDERED A RE-DO.

AND NOW – **NEW ELECTION COMPLAINTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FILED AHEAD OF TUESDAY’S VOTE.

WE SHOWED YOU THIS FOOTAGE BACK IN NOVEMBER.

JOHN GOMES – RUNNING FOR MAYOR AGAINST INCUMBENT JOE GANIM – 

SUED AFTER THESE VIDEOS SURFACED.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS OUTSIDE BALLOT DROP BOXES SHOW SEVERAL PEOPLE INSERTING MULTIPLE BALLOTS AT ONCE – 

ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS.

ONE OF THE LAWYERS FOR GOMES’ CAMPAIGN SAID VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SHOWED “NO MORE THAN 420 PEOPLE USE BALLOT DROP BOXES.”

YET OVER 12 HUNDRED BALLOTS WERE INSIDE.

SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE CAUGHT ON CAMERA –

WERE ACCUSED OF BEING CITY EMPLOYEES CONNECTED TO HELPING GANIM’S CAMPAIGN.

GANIM BEAT GOMES BY 251 VOTES IN THE SEPTEMBER PRIMARY.

THEN WON AGAIN IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER.

BUT A JUDGE SAID NOT SO FAST.

RULING THE ELECTION WAS **VOID AFTER “OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE” OF VOTER FRAUD IN THE PRIMARY.

THAT BRINGS US TO TUESDAY.

THE TWO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WILL SQUARE OFF ONCE AGAIN.

IF GANIM WINS  –

THEN THE DRAWN OUT RACE WILL BE OVER.

BUT IF **GOMES WINS THE MAYORAL PRIMARY IN THE REDO –

THEN THE CITY WILL ALSO HAVE TO HOLD ANOTHER **GENERAL ELECTION –

ON FEBRUARY 27TH.

AN ELECTION ALREADY HIGHLY CRITICIZED IS FACING A FRESH ROUND OF COMPLAINTS FILED BY THE STATE.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS ASKING THE “ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION” TO LOOK INTO 14 HUNDRED ABSENTEE BALLOTS POSSIBLY BEING “ILLEGALLY CIRCULATED” AHEAD OF THE  REVOTE.

THE ALLEGATIONS STEM FROM A PHOTO THAT “APPEARS TO SHOW A PERSON WHO ISN’T REGISTERED WITH THE CLERK’S OFFICE, HANDING OUT BALLOTS.”

THE ELECTION FRAUD IN BRIDGEPORT HAS REVOLVED AROUND ABSENTEE BALLOTS.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE ENCOURAGED RESIDENTS TO VOTE IN PERSON.