On Eve Of Trial Testimony, Legal Maneuverings In State House Primary Outcome

UPDATE: Trial continued to Tuesday morning September 13

Testimony in the Brown-Hennessy Democratic primary outcome is scheduled to start Friday morning, but not without legal machinations before Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens.

Deputy City Attorney John Bohannon, representing election official defendants, opposes introduction of absentee ballot applications as exhibits by William Bloss, the lawyer for State Rep. Jack Hennessy.

Meanwhile, the attorney for City Councilman Marcus Brown wants the Connecticut Supreme Court to first hear an appeal of Stevens’ rejection of a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds the court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

A status conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon prior to the anticipated testimony Friday morning.

Brown holds a two-vote lead over Hennessy following a court-ordered hand count of all primary ballots in Connecticut’s 127th State Assembly District. Hennessy is contesting the outcome citing, in part, irregularities in the processing of absentee ballot applications.

Bohannon objection:

Excerpt from Brown motion for Supreme Court review

Excerpt from Hennessy motion in opposition



  1. I have to say, it seems no one cares about the other 11 missing votes that have been counted on primary night that are still unaccounted for. Sure those 9 ABs were (conveniently) found that flipped the vote to Brown, but what about the other 11 votes that make up the total of 20 votes in question?

    “We are very disappointed to hear about the major recount issues and irregularities today with respect to the primary for State Representative for the 127th District. Today, the Head Moderator certified a result, based on the ballots and information they had available, that was a shocking 20 votes different from what was reported by the Registrar of Voters to the Secretary of State on Primary Day. Furthermore, election officials and observers in the room publicly acknowledge that 9 absentee ballots that were cast and counted by Primary Day are now mysteriously missing. After searching for them for a good part of the day, the unfortunate decision was to certify the incomplete results of this election.

    The newly certified number, which is 20 votes less than what was reported last Tuesday, yielded a net loss of six votes for Brown, which is an extremely unlikely outcome in a recount of just over a thousand votes cast. But as questionable as that outcome may be, election officials acknowledge that the actual result of this election–with a margin of 1 vote that separates the candidates–is in serious doubt as they are unable to explain why there is a 20 vote difference between their counts today and last Tuesday, nor the whereabouts of the 9 missing absentee ballots.”

    I can not speak on the legality of the legal machinations before the Courts, but how much does it matter when the pertaining question at hand is the BIG LIE to our Democracy?



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