The community group Bridgeport Generation Now Votes asserts that its voter information sessions have been maligned the past several weeks. The organization shares this update:
Free and fair elections–and protecting individuals’ voting rights–are not partisan issues. The abuse and targeting of some of our most vulnerable residents by campaigns seeking to rig elections must end. Over the past several weeks, misinformation and lies have been spread about Bridgeport Generation Now Votes. Here are the facts:
1) Absentee ballot abuse and fraud are systemic issues in Bridgeport, going back many years. Nearly all of the publicly reported violations are associated with our local Democratic Party > https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Absentee-ballot-fraud-has-long-history-in-2231916.php and https://www.ctinsider.com/local/article/Bridgeport-has-history-of-absentee-ballot-chaos-14453841.php
2) All of our Gen Now Votes informational sessions are arranged with the full consent and invitation of building residents and managements. We’ve been holding these info sessions at senior, public, and assisted housing since the end of May.
3) Our materials and training are informational in nature, pulling from civic and voting information from the Secretary of the State’s office and the laws governing AB eligibility.
4) Eligible voters are educated on how to properly vote using the Absentee Ballot process and are encouraged to do so.
5) We have registered nearly 400 new voters through these and other sessions, consistent with the organization’s goal of increasing voter education and turnout.
6) We are assisting buildings with large numbers of absentee ballot applications to secure supervised balloting from the Registrar of Voters, if that is what they want–and have been calling for this since July.
We remain grateful that the court wanted to hear sworn testimony in the case, Lazar v. Ganim, et al. and look forward to hearing closing arguments tomorrow. The court is interested in the truth and the truth shall set us free. “We the People” stand in solidarity to end these abuses. We stand united for free and fair elections in Bridgeport.
— WHAT: Closing arguments for “Lazar v. Ganim, et al” > Full case history here: http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail/PublicCaseDetail.aspx?DocketNo=FBTCV196090047S
— WHERE: Bridgeport Superior Court, 1061 Main Street, Bridgeport CT 06604, 6th Floor
— WHEN: Wednesday, October 23rd at 2:30pm