Closing Arguments Made In Bridgeport Primary Suit

Oct 24, 2019

Attorneys delviered their closing arguments in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the results of this year’s Democratic primary election in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Prerna Rao, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, argued there were irregularities with absentee ballots, which skewed heavily in favor of incumbent mayor Joe Ganim, who ran against State Senator Marilyn Moore. Moore won at the polls, but lost to Ganim by 270 absentee votes.

“Bridgeport has seen this before, and unfortunately with many of the same actors and defendants. Ordering a new election is not an extraordinary remedy. It is the remedy that is considered by our legislature as an appropriate response to when election results are unreliable.”

Attorney John Bohannon, who represents Ganim, called the lawsuit a partisan political attack brought by a group that supported Moore.

“With all due respect, your honor, when you come into court to overturn an election, the will of the people, you have to come in with proof, and you have to show that the results of the election are seriously in doubt.”

Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens said he expects to reach a preliminary decision within the next week.