UPDATE: Endorsed candidates in 138th District drop out. What’s the big deal about the solar eclipse? Mountain ranges of absentee ballots have blocked the city sun for decades and, guess what? They’re available this week for the September 12 primaries featuring Democratic contests in 9 of 10 City Council districts.
In recent years districts 130th, 132nd, 137th and 138th have led the absentee ballot action and so far that seems to be the case, although other districts play as well. Most of the activity centers on districts with public housing and senior citizen buildings.
The Town Clerk’s Office that oversees the processing of absentee ballots brings in seasonal election help to ensure the heavy crush of ballots are accommodated. The majority of elector requests are precipitated by campaign operatives who provide serial absentee voters applications. The ballot is mailed by the Town Clerk’s Office and the most detailed pols follow up with their peeps. Did ya mail in your ballot? Some of the most unscrupulous push the envelope, assisting with ballot help, even though state law essentially limits the touching of a ballot to an immediate family member or caretaker. When it comes to Bridgeport absentee ballots, next of kin takes on a whole new meaning.
The only early form of voting available to Connecticut electors is via excuse-only absentee ballot, three weeks out. Electors may also fill out an absentee ballot on the spot at the Town Clerk’s office.
Hundreds of absentee ballots will be mailed to voters this week with hundreds more each week prior to the primary. It’s possible that a few districts may actually experience higher volume AB voting than those electors who make it to the polls, that’s the nature of the beast in sleepy contests with turnouts 10 percent and less. Some city pols love banking ABs as a safety net. And it sometimes forces the competition to do the same for fear precinct turnout won’t measure up. And so it goes.
Meanwhile on Monday the endorsed council candidates in the Upper East Side, Timothy Bassey and Michele Small, recruited by 138th District Leader Maria Pereira who controls the endorsement, notified the Town Clerk’s Office they’ve dropped out of the race. That means no candidates will appear on Line A for voters at Hooker School and JFK Campus. A back ailment so far has sidelined Pereira from active campaigning. She vowed to defeat incumbents Anthony Paoletto and Nessah Smith who appear on Line B. Karen Jackson and Samia Suliman appear on Line C. Three challenge candidates for Board of Education that Pereira was backing, JoAnn Kennedy, Eric Stewart-Alicea and Helen Losak failed to achieve the necessary petition signatures to qualify for the primary. It’s unclear if Pereira’s health will allow her to be a factor in the council primary. Jackson and Suliman would become her default candidates to support. They were also supporting Pereira’s school board candidates, featuring them on literature.
Here’s the line up for September 12, the first two candidates are endorsed running on Line A.
130: Scott Burns and Rowan Kane; Line B, Christina Smith and Pete Spain.
131: Jack Banta and Denese Taylor-Moye; Line B, Jorge Cruz.
132: Evette Brantley and Rolanda Smith; Line B, Marcus Brown and Kyle Langan.
133: Jeanette Herron and Michael DeFilippo; Line B, Bob Keeley and Anne Pappas Phillips.
135: Rosalina Christy and Darrett Evans Moss; Line B, Mary McBride-Lee and Richard Salter.
136: Alfredo Castillo and Maria Zambrano-Viggiano; Line B, Joe Casco.
137: Aidee Nieves and Maria Valle; Line B, Hector Diaz and Milta Feliciano.
138: Line A, no candidates; Line B, Anthony Paoletto and Nessah Smith; Line C, Karen Jackson and Samia Suliman.
139: Eneida Martinez and James Holloway; Line B, Ernie Newton, Line C, Wanda Simmons.
The two City Council candidates with the most votes in each district go on to the general election.