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Four Democrat Leaders Charged With Election Tampering!

A total of four Democrat political operatives were charged with election fraud in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The election fraud was connected to a 2019 mayoral primary race, which resulted in a judge ordering a rerun of the election.

Vice Chair of Bridgeport’s Democrat Party Wanda Geter-Pataky and Democrat Bridgeport City Councilman Alfredo Castillo were charged with election tampering.

Two democrat campaign workers were also charged.

Campaign workers Josephine Edmonds and Nilsa Heredia were charged with unlawfully possessing absentee ballots and election fraud.

The Associated Press had more details to add:

A Democratic Party official involved in a voting scandal that caused a judge to order a rerun of last year’s mayoral election in Connecticut’s largest city was arrested Tuesday and has been charged along with a city council member and two campaign workers with mishandling absentee ballots during a different election in 2019.

Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee Vice Chairperson Wanda Geter-Pataky, City Council Member Alfredo Castillo and the two campaign workers were each charged with unlawful possession of absentee ballots and other violations of elections law.

All four are accused of manipulating the absentee ballot system during the city’s 2019 Democratic primary, in which the incumbent mayor backed by the town committee, Joe Ganim, defeated state Sen. Marilyn Moore by just 270 votes.

Prosecutors said some of the defendants misled voters about eligibility requirements for absentee ballots, told people which candidates to vote for, were improperly present when ballots were filled out and violated rules for handling both absentee ballot applications and the ballots themselves.

“I hope these prosecutions will send a message that deters tampering with election results in the future in Connecticut,” Chief State’s Attorney Patrick J. Griffin said in a written statement.

Here’s what CT Mirror:

Connecticut prosecutors charged four Bridgeport political operatives on Tuesday with abusing the absentee balloting system during the city’s 2019 Democratic primary for mayor.

Bridgeport city councilman Alfredo Castillo and Wanda Geter-Pataky, the vice chairwoman of the city’s Democratic Party who became the face of another major election scandal last year, are among those charged.

The Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney also charged Nilsa Heredia and Josephine Edmonds, two other campaign workers who were involved in the 2019 primary between Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and his Democratic challenger, Marilyn Moore.

All four defendants are accused of unlawfully possessing another person’s absentee ballot, along with a variety of other election-related charges.

Geter-Pataky, Edmonds and Heredia are also charged with witness tampering.


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