As she gears up to petition on to the September 10th Democratic primary ballot for mayor, State Senator Marilyn Moore is joining the chorus of a community action group railing against absentee ballot abuses.
Four years ago roughly 1,200 electors cast a vote by absentee in the Democratic primary, a majority of those split among incumbent Bill Finch and Joe Ganim. Finch won the absentee ballot count by about 200 but Ganim had a solid machine showing to offset those numbers.
The Democratic establishment features a number of political operatives who count on serial absentee voters to pad numbers going into election day many of them with legitimate reasons to vote by absentee be it illness or physical disability. Then there are those who Bridgeport Generation Now and Moore contend are dubious.
Senior and public housing facilities are fertile ground for absentee ballot operatives. One check elections officials can place is supervised balloting in which a specific date and time is called to vote at a designated location generating an abundance of requests for absentee ballots.
On July 23rd Ganim will be endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee. The next morning Moore political supporters will pull paperwork to petition onto the primary ballot during a two-week window to collect signatures from five percent of Democratic voters in Bridgeport.
Meanwhile political operatives will poise absentee ballot applications for serial voters. Those applications will be dropped at the Town Clerk’s Office which mails out absentee ballots to electors. If Moore makes the ballot she will not win the absentee ballot count. The question becomes how close can she keep it? Also, can she run up a machine total, as Ganim did four years ago, to offset the absentee count?
For decades, absentee ballot fraud has run rampant in Bridgeport elections. Absentee ballots are reserved for those who cannot make it to the polls on Election Day due to active duty in the military, illness and physical disability, religious beliefs, or out of town or working for the Election on Election Day. I’ve personally talked with able bodied people as young as 18 who have said that they were instructed to say that were unable to make it to the polls, and told how to vote. That’s why I support Bridgeport Generation Now and their petition to end absentee ballot fraud here in Bridgeport. I encourage all of my supporters to join me in signing this petition as well.