The exposure of a Democrat ballot harvesting scheme in Bridgeport, CT has led to a judge demanding a redo of the party’s primary for the city’s mayoral race. Russell Payne reports in The New York Sun:
A Democratic primary is set for a do-over at corruption-plagued Bridgeport, Connecticut, next week after a state judge tossed the results of a September 12 primary in a ruling late last year.
In November, Judge William Clark ruled the results of the original Democratic primary for mayor of Bridgeport null after a video surfaced that appeared to show supporters of Mayor Joe Ganim, himself a convicted felon, depositing papers in absentee ballot boxes. The new election is scheduled for January 23.
The election will be a rare instance where recent allegations of election irregularities have held up in court and stands in stark contrast to the myriad claims made by President Trump and his supporters in the wake of the 2020 election.
An Associated Press analysis in 2021 of every potential instance of voter fraud in six battleground states where the election results were disputed by Mr. Trump found that fewer than 500 votes were determined to be fraudulent.
Mr. Trump said he disagreed with the AP’s conclusions, and expressed concerns that the increased use of mail-in ballots in 2020 had led to voting irregularities, but “offered no new evidence that specifically contradicted the AP’s reporting,” the news agency said at the time.
At Bridgeport, the primary election went to Ganim by about 251 votes, but Judge Clark found that there was sufficient evidence of voting irregularities that he would not determine who the legitimate winner of the election was.
In Connecticut, voters using collection boxes must deposit absentee ballots themselves or name a family member, police officer, local official, or caregiver to do it for them.
In his decision on the case, Judge Clark wrote that the number of “mishandled ballots” left the court unable to figure out the legitimate winner of the primary and that the only remedy was to rerun the election.
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