If you’re among the roughly 200 voters who cast an absentee ballot for City Council primary candidates you’re getting a mulligan. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis today issued a clarification of her decision last week to place Mary-Jane Foster and her slate of candidates on the ballot for a new Democratic primary set for September 27. Bellis moved the primary from September 13. Town Clerk Alma Maya reports each voter who cast an absentee ballot for City Council, per the judge’s order, will receive a new absentee ballot with the complete slate of candidates for Foster and Mayor Bill Finch on the ballot.
The ballots solely with City Council candidates that have been returned to the Town Clerk’s office will be set aside and will not be counted in the final tabulation. The Town Clerk’s office processes absentee ballot requests. Maya says a new absentee ballot is being printed and expects them to be ready for distribution within the next day or so. Judge Bellis’ order:
DOCKET NO: FBTCV116021487S
FOSTER, MARY-JANE ET AL
SANTA I. AYALA, DEMO
JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF FAIRFIELD
Judicial Notice (JDNO) was sent regarding this order.
The following order is entered in the above matter:
Pursuant to the defendant’s request filed today, the court advises as follows. The defendant is correct in construing the court’s order to require that there will be only one primary held, to take place on September 27, 2011. The new ballots are to be distributed in a timely fashion, and in accordance with CGS§9-140(f). Absentee ballots that had been cast prior to the implementation of this court order are to be preserved, not opened, and not counted. For any further clarification or advice, counsel are to immediately contact the Bridgeport caseflow office, and an immediate hearing will be scheduled for that same day.