The testimony, the charges, the counter charges, the legal briefs and oral arguments have finally come to an end in the complaint challenging the results of the September 10 Democratic primary in which Mayor Joe Ganim is the certified winner by 270 votes over challenger Marilyn Moore whose supporters financed the allegations now before Judge Barry Stevens.
The judge is expected to make a ruling next week.
At issue is a mistake in the counting of the votes cast, per state statute. Plaintiffs assert systematic irregularities of absentee ballots altered the outcome.
Have the plaintiffs met that burden? Both sides presented closing arguments on Wednesday.
CT Post reporter Ken Dixon was in the courtroom:
Stevens told plaintiffs’ attorneys Prerna Rao and Jonathan Shapiro that he rejected the premise that the irregularities, including the changing of voter addresses, put the results of the Sept. 10 primary in doubt.
“We’re not required to prove that the results of the election would have been different but for those irregularities,” Shapiro said. “It’s about the reliability of the process, your honor. It’s much more than just a counting exercise as the defendants want this to be. It’s not just one, two, three, four, five.”
Stevens interrupted Shapiro. “That proposition you just made, I’m not accepting that proposition,” he said of the prevailing state statutes that require enough errors in the counting of ballots to suggest that a different result might have occurred. “To the extent that you think I’m incorrect, go right ahead, sir.”
Meanwhile Deputy City Attorney John Bohannan asserted the plaintiffs fell far short of meeting the burden of proof.
“What your honor has heard is a partisan political attack. These people represented Bridgeport Gen Now, they decided they wanted to overturn an election because they don’t like what happened. Their candidate lost. You have to show the results of the election are seriously in doubt. They are not contesting a mistake in the count of the vote. They picked and nitpicked at nothing your honor. Instead, they want you to engage in conjecture.”
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