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Activists Say Absentee Ballot Operation In Bridgeport Targeted Most Vulnerable

Cassandra Basler
Callie Gail Heilmann of Bridgeport Generation Now Votes speaks to the press alongside residents of PT Barnum apartments who organized a canvas of absentee voters in Bridgeport.

Community advocates who are suing to throw out Bridgeport’s mayoral primary results say they interviewed 50 residents who filled out absentee ballots. Seventeen cited improprieties. 

Callie Gail Heilmann leads Bridgeport Generation Now Votes, a non-partisan, non-profit organization backing the lawsuit. 

“Our canvass uncovered a systematic targeting and manipulation of some of our most vulnerable citizens: low-income, disabled, elderly and monolingual Spanish speakers for the purpose of controlling and monitoring their votes.”

Heilmann told reporters on Wednesday that as a private citizen, she had held a fundraiser for candidate and State Senator Marilyn Moore.

Moore got the most votes at the polls. She lost the primary to incumbent mayor Joe Ganim, whose absentee ballots outnumbered Moore’s 3-1. 

The state Election Enforcement Commission launched an investigation on Monday.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.
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