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A Bridgeport election appeal is thrown out over a missed deadline

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The election appeal of former Bridgeport City Councilwoman Eneida Martinez was thrown out of court.

The lawsuit was over her November loss for City Council. Martinez was seeking a temporary injunction to decertify the official ballot count, and to block the December swearing in of council members until votes were recounted.

A superior court judge said the appeal wasn’t thrown out based on merit, but actually because Martinez missed a deadline.

State law says an election appeal can only be filed 14 days after election day. Hers was filed on the 15th day.

Martinez called the timeline “vague” and said the courts are not open on weekends and holidays, so those days shouldn’t count.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.