Through rain, sleet, snow, dark of night, a snarly health pandemic called Covid and a hairy monster named Isaias, democracy prevails.
Governor Ned Lamont on Monday issued an executive order allowing all absentee ballots postmarked Tuesday August 11 to be counted through Thursday August 13 for the presidential preference primary and legislative races due to last week’s storm that hindered mail service.
The surge in absentee voting has hit the Bridgeport Town Clerk’s Office with droves coming in the past few days and more expected. This means the outcome of close legislative races will not be decided unofficially Tuesday night.
The absentee ballot count will top 4,000 in Bridgeport, a record for a municipal primary, due to another Lamont executive order: allowing all eligible electors to vote absentee because of the health crisis.
Municipal town clerks across the state report a surge in absentee ballot voting the last several days. The presidential primaries, foregone conclusions in Connecticut, is juicing turnouts with the Donald Trump-Joe Biden general election match-up set for November.
This primary season is a screwy rabbit, as campaign operatives hop around for votes for their respective candidates.
Bridgeport is split into two State Senate Districts, the 22nd occupied by Marilyn Moore and 23rd held by Dennis Bradley. Moore is facing party-endorsed City Councilman Marcus Brown and that’s where a majority of the absentee action is occurring. Bradley has no primary.
You can vote in-person at polls Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Don’t know where you vote? See here.