There’s a huge difference between helping a voter fill out an absentee ballot application and an actual ballot. On the first day of testimony some witnesses in the lawsuit calling for a new Democratic primary admitted they had help filling out applications, something that is legal. One of the three plaintiffs Annette Goodridge was bewildered why she was in the courtroom in a case brought with the help of Bridgeport Generation Now Votes whose leadership supports State Senator Marilyn Moore’s campaign for mayor.
According to testimony witnesses said they voted for the person they wanted to vote for and were not pressured to vote otherwise. No one said their vote wasn’t counted.
CT Post reporter Dan Tepfer was in the courtroom:
Three city voters seeking to overturn Mayor Joseph Ganim’s Democratic primary win forged ahead with their legal case on Wednesday, calling eight residents to the witness stand who said they had help filling out applications for absentee ballots.
But none of the eight appeared to support the plaintiffs’ contention that the primary should be overturned because of a mistake in the counting of the ballots.
And one of the plaintiffs, Annette Goodridge, appeared confused about why she was in court in the first place.
… Goodridge, who took the witness stand Wednesday, testified under questioning by Deputy City Attorney John Bohannon Jr. that she had been approached by several people whose names she didn’t recall to be part of the lawsuit.
“First I said ‘no’ because at the time I was getting ready to paint my house,” Goodridge explained. She said she had filled out an absentee ballot for the people she wanted to vote for and then gave the ballot to a woman named Josephine who worked for the Moore campaign.
(Josephine Edmonds is a Moore supporter so in at least one example this undercuts the lawsuit’s argument that this was a one-sided systematic effort to bag absentee ballots.)
Full story here.