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Bridgeport Holds Election As Supreme Court Weighs Primary Challenge

Mark Mirko
Hartford Courant via AP
Conn. Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Robinson talks with attorneys Monday. The Connecticut Supreme Court put off a ruling on whether to overturn the results of Bridgeport's Democratic primary for mayor, allowing the general election to move forward.

The Connecticut Supreme Court has allowed Bridgeport’s election to move forward today, while it weighs whether to throw out the results of the Democratic primary. 

The court is considering the appeal of a lawsuit that alleged absentee ballot issues cast doubt over Bridgeport’s primary results. 

Chief Justice Richard Robinson says deliberations will not affect the city election today.

“No action of this court today should be construed to prevent the general election in Bridgeport from taking place as scheduled.” 

Prerna Rao represents the lawsuit plaintiffs: three city residents who voted in the primary. She says this appeal is a first.

“A challenge to voters standing under this election has never happened, until this particular case, as far as I know.”

Rao says she hopes the Supreme Court disagrees with the lower court ruling. It found only a candidate could try to challenge election results based on systemic absentee ballot issues. 

At today’s election, longtime mayor Joe Ganim is challenged by Republican John Rodriguez. 

State Senator Marilyn Moore beat Ganim at the polls in the primary. But Ganim won after absentee ballots were counted. 

Moore, Ethan Book, Jeff Kohut and MaryAnn McLaine are write-in candidates. 

Polls in Connecticut are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.