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Questions raised over absentee ballots in Bridgeport

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Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (WFSB file photo) Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (WFSB file photo)

With just days until voters head to the polls, the race for mayor in Bridgeport is heating up with the three big democratic candidates questioning the city’s handling of absentee ballots.

Former Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim has been lobbing a serious allegation at the man whose job he wants.

"Individuals identified from the Finch campaign, have gone out and actually handled absentee ballots from seniors, those disabled, taken them, filled them out and mailed them in,” Ganim said.

Ganim recently filed a complaint with the state and the U.S. attorney’s office.

The former mayor, who served time for federal corruption charges, said the absentee ballots process is corrupt itself.

"I think it’s ironic that going forward, we're seeing right now in Bridgeport, we're seeing violations of campaign law,” Ganim said.

Mary Jane Foster, another democrat with her eyes set on city hall, said just the sheer number of absentee ballot applications for a primary should raise a red flag.

She said "5,600 requests for applications is just obviously an attempt to thwart our democratic process. There is no question about it and the Finch campaign has been the operatives. They're the experts in doing this."
However, the campaign behind current Mayor Bill Finch had already filed its own complaint with the Secretary of State.

It had its own concerns, namely that the election was nearing and hundreds of ballots still had not been delivered.

"I'm very disappointed that the absentee ballots have had problems. We notified the Secretary of State of some of the problems we were seeing, we asked her to get involved and as far as I know, the situation is under control under the Secretary of State.  We want every vote to count,” Finch said.

Primary day is Wednesday, and polls in the Park City will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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