The results of a Democratic primary for the mayoral election in Bridgeport, Connecticut, were thrown out after video evidence showed a supporter of Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim stuffing multiple ballots in an absentee ballot drop box.
The judge ruled that the mishandling of ballots called the result of the primary into doubt.
“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 said.
This is the OUTRAGEOUS video of the Democrat Clerk stuffing illegal ballots into the City drop box and visiting it multiple times in one day
— George (@BehizyTweets) November 1, 2023
“The videos showed substantial, massive absentee ballot misconduct,” said lawyer Bill Bloss. “And that was certainly a substantial reason why the judge ruled the way he did, I think.”
“This is a victory for the people of Bridgeport,” Gomes stated. “Our campaign always believed that the integrity of our democratic process must be upheld, and Superior Court Judge William Clark agreed.”
The judge has no authority to halt the upcoming general election, so voting is still scheduled for Tuesday.
If Gomes wins, the complaint will be withdrawn and Gomes will be mayor.
If Ganim wins, another Democratic primary will take place.
“The result of next week’s general election will determine what happens next,” the Hartford Courant reported. “If Gomes wins, his attorney William Bloss said, he would withdraw the complaint, and Gomes would be mayor. If Ganim wins Tuesday’s election, another Democratic primary will take place, according to Clark’s order.”