Tom Swan, executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, on Tuesday announced a complaint alleging violations of absentee ballot fraud involving the slate of endorsed candidates in the September 10 Democratic school board primary was filed with the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission. In response Emily Basham, the campaign manager for the endorsed Democrats, issued this statement:
“These vague allegations are completely baseless and meant to be a distraction from the fact that the ROW B candidates have no meaningful solutions to improve the quality of our children’s education. The allegations come from a highly partisan Hartford-based group led by Chris Donovan’s former campaign manager (a campaign that had two federal indictments) and funded in large part by the Teacher’s Union. They were filed by the wife of the Vice-President of the Teacher’s Union; and two Working Families party operatives. Bridgeport voters need to ask why is the teacher’s union and the outside organizations that it funds spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the outcome of Bridgeport elections?”
Swan issued this statement Tuesday morning:
“We have looked at the evidence and it is overwhelming” said Tom Swan. “We are calling for an immediate investigation of suspected voter fraud. Our organization believes that perpetrators of anti-democratic activity must be brought to justice. We must protect our democratic voting rights.”
CCAG will also call for third-party monitoring of polling places and the Registrar of Voters office on Election Day.
Alleged abuses contained in the Affidavits include:
– Improper and illegal handling of absentee ballots by election workers;
– Illegal marking of the ballot by paid campaign workers;
– Threatening elderly voters in order to get their signature on an absentee ballot application;
– Deliberate perpetration of false voting information;
– Unidentified assistance with ballot application completion.
CCAG is a statewide organization committed to the conduct of free and fair elections. The organization has been a leader over the last decade in campaign finance reform.
The endorsed Democrats are Kathryn Bukovsky, Simon Castillo and Brandon Clark. The challenge slate is Andre Baker, Dave Hennessey and Howard Gardner.