Here comes the absentee ballot dump and it’s growing by the day, leading up to Tuesday’s Democratic primary that features locally Joe Ganim’s challenge of party-endorsed Ned Lamont for governor and two hotly contested legislative races, Dennis Bradley versus Aaron Turner for State Senate and incumbent Charlie Stallworth battling Shante Hanks for his 126th State House seat. About 1,700 requests for absentee ballots have been mailed by the Town Clerk’s Office and judging by the returns to the office a solid majority will arrive by primary day which means operatives are doing the follow-up urging electors to mail in the ballots.
Of course, this is the state’s largest city where absentee ballot shenanigans can take place.
The heaviest absentee ballot action exists in the Upper East Side, East Side, South End and West End that’s reflective of the two legislative races driving the interest particularly in the city’s heavily concentrated senior and public housing units.
About 70 percent of the requests come from the 124th, 126th and 130th Assembly Districts.
Bradley and Turner are vying for the open seat of a retiring Ed Gomes. The 23rd Senate District covers approximately two thirds of Bridgeport and slice of western Stratford.
The 126th State House District includes Whiskey Hill and portions of the North End and Upper East Side.