A Connecticut Superior Court Judge has overturned a mayoral Democratic primary election and has ordered a new one after the mayoral challenger was able to prove claims of unprecedented ballot fraud.
Judge William Clark ruled that the mayoral candidate who “lost” the election John Gomes, had “satisfied the burden of proof” by presenting video evidence during the September primary that shows someone tampering with drop boxes and illegal ballot stuffing.
The judge ruled that a new election will now take place but a date for the new race has yet to be determined.
The challengerJohn Gomes in a statement shared “Our campaign always believed that the integrity of our democratic process must be upheld and Superior Court Judge William Clark agreed,”
Mayor Joe Ganim who initially “won” the election before election fraud discovered told the press “Certainly, today’s decision by the court is a substantial one in the court case, and I’ll wait to be apprised by the lawyers as to whether or not they want to take an appeal.”
Here was the evidence used in court:
BREAKING: A Connecticut judge has overturned the results of Bridgeport’s Democratic mayoral primary, ordering a new election after video evidence of election fraud was found. pic.twitter.com/L8uyET7kKi
— Leading Report (@LeadingReport) November 1, 2023
There’s even more evidence:
Evidence of ballot stuffing in a Democrat mayoral primary in Connecticut. That’s so unlike the Dems… pic.twitter.com/eGk01Xx0Gj
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 2, 2023
Per CT Mirror:
A Superior Court judge has ordered a new Democratic mayoral primary in Bridgeport, ruling that challenger John Gomes’ claims of unprecedented absentee ballot fraud merit a new election.
The judge ordered the two sides and city election officials to meet within the next 10 days to begin discussions about when to hold a primary and to have an answer by Nov. 17.
Gomes, who previously worked in Ganim’s administration as a chief administrative officer, called the court’s decision “a victory for the people of Bridgeport.”
“Our campaign always believed that the integrity of our democratic process must be upheld and Superior Court Judge William Clark agreed,” Gomes said in a prepared statement.
But the judge’s decision on Wednesday to hold the new primary may not be the end of the legal drama.
Attorneys representing the city said they may file an emergency appeal to the state Supreme Court, raising the possibility that the state’s highest court will be hearing legal arguments as voters go to the polls Tuesday.
All it took was this video to overturn a mayor election in Connecticut. How is this different from the videos we saw after the 2020 Presidential election? There’s even less evidence in this case but both possible winners in the race are Democrats so questions are allowed now. https://t.co/1AYJhO8Pij
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 2, 2023
Per The CT Examiner:
A judge ruled on Wednesday to overturn the city’s Democratic primary election, initially won by incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim, following claims of absentee ballot fraud by his opponent, John Gomes.
After two weeks of evidentiary hearings for Gomes’s absentee ballot fraud lawsuit, Judge William Clark ordered a new Democratic primary based on 180 pieces of evidence presented by Gomes’s legal counsel.
In the 37-page ruling, Clark said the video footage presented by Bill Bloss – Gomes’s attorney – was particularly alarming.
“Mr. Ganim was also correct to be ‘shocked’ at what he saw on the video clips in evidence that were shown to him while he was on the witness stand,” Clark wrote. “The videos are shocking to the court and should be shocking to all the parties.
Ganin was one the many city officials called to the Fairfield Judicial District Superior Courthouse for questioning, along with Wanda Geter-Pataky, vice chair of the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee and operations specialist for the city, and Eneida Martinez, a former City Council member accused by Gomes of stuffing ballot dropboxes.