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Election Commission Issues Subpoenas In Bridgeport Primary Complaint

Ryan Caron King / Office of Senator Marilyn Moore
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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim beat State Senator Marilyn Moore in the Bridgeport Democratic mayoral primary earlier this month. Ganim won with a margin of about 900 votes, all via absentee ballot.

Connecticut’s Election Enforcement Commission ordered a full-field investigation into the Bridgeport mayoral primary election on Monday.

The Secretary of the State sent a referral to the SEEC to review absentee ballot irregularities reported by Hearst Connecticut Media.

SEEC Executive Director Michael Brandi says he has already ordered two subpoenas. One, for evidence from the Bridgeport Town Clerk who monitors absentee ballots. The other for a senior citizen home where residents told reporters they faced voter intimidation.

“We’re looking for possibly some documentation or possibly security video of that facility. [We] just want people to have confidence in the elections process, that we are doing everything we can to make sure that the integrity of the elections system is maintained, and that we want to make sure to encourage everybody so that they do go out and vote in the upcoming elections.”

Brandi says it is unlikely he will finish the investigation before the November election.

The commission can issue fines for misconduct and refer criminal matters to the state’s attorney’s office. 

Ganim beat Moore in the Democratic primary after he pulled in nearly 900 absentee ballots. 

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