Overturned CT Mayoral Primary Creates Complicated Election Day Scenario

Tuesday is Election Day, but evidence of absentee ballot voter fraud in the Bridgeport, Connecticut Democrat mayoral primary means that there may be a long road to determining the outcome of the election. The New York Post explained:

A Connecticut judge ordered a new Democratic mayoral primary in Bridgeport as surveillance footage showed multiple workers allegedly stuffing absentee ballots into an outdoor ballot box days before the original primary.

In September, Incumbent Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim defeated challenger John Gomes by 251 votes out of 8,173 cast in the primary election, according to NBC.

However, Gomes released a video in October that appeared to show two women stuffing heaps of ballot papers into drop boxes at least four locations across the city.

You can watch the video evidence here:

Fox News reported that the judge ordering the redo called the evidence "shocking" and casts doubt on the legitimacy of the election:

"The volume of ballots so mishandled is such that it calls the result of the primary election into serious doubt and leaves the court unable to determine the legitimate result of the primary," Clark stated in his ruling.

Clark cited statistics showing that abnormally large numbers of absentee ballots were cast in certain voting districts and video evidence showing multiple people shoving stacks of ballots into drop boxes, in violation of state law.

"The videos are shocking to the court and should be shocking to all the parties," the judge wrote.

As Mark Hemingway notes, there is a scenario where the election is wrapped up tomorrow, but it is unclear at this time what is likely to happen:

While Clark did overturn the results of September’s primary election, he concluded that he did not have the authority to stop the general election on Nov. 7, where Ganim is still listed as the Democratic nominee. Gomes is running as a third-party candidate and if he wins, he will withdraw his complaint and become mayor. If Ganim wins Tuesday’s election, another Democratic primary will be held. And if Gomes wins the new Democratic primary, another general election will be held to determine the mayor of the city.

Hemingway adds that this case illustrates the dishonesty surrounding the current debate over expanding mail-in voting:

That absentee ballot fraud has been conclusively determined to alter the results of an election in a major American city highlights the fact that much of the national debate over the rapid increase in mail ballots has been dishonest. Though it was once a widely accepted by the news media and academic institutions that mail ballots were more vulnerable to fraud, in recent years the use of absentee ballots has been vigorously defended in response to concerns about election integrity from Republican candidates and voters as the use of absentee ballots has dramatically expanded, in part, to accommodate Democratic Party voter harvesting operations.

Election laws should make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. Safeguards must be enacted in states that have mail-in voting to make the process transparent and as secure as possible. Bridgeport, Connecticut is the perfect example of how state election law failures can be catastropic.