With Absentee Ballot Push On, A Premium Placed On Poaching

Absentee ballots are a rite of passage in city primaries. They’re especially rewarding when poached by an opponent against a rival.

Nothing like purloining ballots on behalf of a candidate when the other thought it was in the bank.

So candidate A, or operative, makes a porch pitch to voter who wants an absentee ballot application. All the voter has to do is check off the part due to illness.

“Can we count on your vote, please?

“Oh, sure.”

Absentee ballot arrives in the mail. Candidate B knocks on the door.

“I need your vote primary day.”

“Oh yeah, sure.”


Okay, where does that vote end up?

Who really knows? It’s sorta like jump ball.

Absentee ballot pros who pretty much know their people maintain a solid list of serial voters. Some outliers exist, especially now with the new state law that allows for electors to cite illness as a reason, or fear of exposure voting in person.

More than 2,000 voters citywide for the August 9 primaries have requested absentee ballots, many generated by two key legislative races: Dennis Bradley versus Herron Gaston for state senate and Jack Hennessy versus Marcus Brown for state representative.

The Bradley-Gaston race comes from the 23rd State Senate District that covers approximately two thirds of the city and a section of western Stratford. Incumbent Bradley and party-endorsed Gaston both enjoy operatives seasoned in harnessing absentee ballot voters.

For now Gaston, by virtue of strong backing by the Democratic Party apparatus, appears to have an edge in that department. With two weeks left until primary day a sizeable amount of energy is being expended tracking absentee voters and reminding them to send in their ballots.

Likewise in the contest between incumbent Hennessy and party-endorsed Brown. Hennessy hasn’t experienced a strong primary contest since 2006. His Campaign Manager Maria Pereira is an aggressive campaigner including winning over absentee electors. She’s done this for years from her perch in the Upper East Side 138th District that she represents on the City Council. But the predominately North End 127th State House District is new territory for her to scour. Still, Brown operatives are familiar with her relentlessness so they’re not taking anything for granted.

The latest absentee ballot list compiled by the Town Clerk’s Office shows close to 500 requests for ballots in the district, many of which have not been returned.

Political operatives will unleash a hard push in the next week to coalesce absentee voters that could very well decide the key races.



  1. I still find it nutty. 🙂 Councilwoman Maria continues to endorse Bradley over Gaston in this primary race even though Otiz is now on the ballot in November.

    What struck me in her video endorsement of Bradley, a corrupt, sleazy, unethical person, beyond the clear machination as a way to oust Gaston of his exonerated transgression. She claims in the video that Gaston is a Gamin hire employee, true, and will always be loyal to him over his constituency, maybe true too but relevant. He is not running for City Council where there are direct links to administation acts.

    Rev, Gaston is running for State Senate. So there seems to be a bit of disingenuousness to that claim. Considering Bradley has been stripped of his committees and has been sidelined in Hartford in which Bridgeport suffers in Hartford.

    So without regard for Bridgeport’s best interest in Hartford, she is willing to endorse Bradley over Gaston who is on trial for corruption and, in her eyes will be found guilty in some hair-brain scheme to elect Bradley as a means to benefit Ortiz.

    Even with the possibility that Bradley will be exonerated (That Will Still Linger Over Him In Hartford) and beat Ortiz in the general. Ortiz will still have to go against Gaston in a special election if Bradley was to be found guilty of corruption. That’s beyond nuts from a Port standpoint in Hartford representation by any stretch of the imagination.

    It seems to me she is willing to risk Port’s welfare in Hartford over her need to fight. JS IMOhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BekdaUPc0xk

    At any rate, let Democracy begin with its harvest of Votes Be damn THE BIG LIE. 🤣https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq1QvLdznyo&t=196s


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