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Connecticut judge voids Democrat mayoral primary, calls video of apparent ballot stuffing 'shocking'

The city of Bridgeport's general mayoral election was set for Nov. 7; new primary date has not yet been set

Published: November 2, 2023 8:37am

Updated: November 2, 2023 9:52am

A Connecticut judge has overturned the results of a Democrat mayoral primary and ordered a new election in connection to allegations of absentee ballot abuse.

Superior Court Judge William Clark made the ruling Wednesday for the elections in Bridgeport, the state's largest city. It follows the posting online of a video that appearing to show a supporter of incumbent Democrat Mayor Joe Ganim stuffing stacks of papers into an absentee ballot drop box, according to WNPR Connecticut Public Radio

The city's general mayor election was set for Nov. 7. A new primary date has yet to be set. 

Clark determined the allegations of possible malfeasance warrant throwing out the results of the Sept. 12 primary, which Ganim won by 251 votes out of 8,173 cast. Absentee ballots secured his margin of victory, the NPR affiliate also reports.

He also said the videos are "shocking to the court and should be shocking to all the parties.”

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