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State Supreme Court will not delay mayoral election in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The state’s highest court ruled Monday that the Bridgeport Mayoral election will go on as scheduled Tuesday, and that they will rule on the case of the absentee ballot irregularities at a later date.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Richard Robinson made this statement from the bench Monday afternoon after the decision was made: “No action of this court today should be construed to prevent the general election in Bridgeport from taking place tomorrow as scheduled.”

The lawyer for the three Bridgeport voters in this case, Attorney Prerno Rao, asked that Judge Barry Stevens’ Friday decision be over turned because they proved through witnesses that there were, indeed, irregularities in the absentee ballot process.

The lawyer for the city saying the lower court ruling found that the absentee irregularities were not enough to change the outcome of the September 10th Primary.

“We always acknowledged that it was going to be an uphill battle from the beginning, but the fact is that they’re actually going to be considering some of what we said today.”

– Attorney Prerno Rao

Bridgeport voter, Vannessa Liles, who is one of the three plaintiffs in the case adding, “I don’t stand here alone…I stand here with people in Bridgeport, representative of many people who carry our collective power and that’s what the focus of this is.”

News 8’s Chief Political Correspondent, Mark Davis, reported live from the courtroom Monday afternoon as the hearing took place.

Monday Timeline:

2:34pm: “Lawyer for plaintiffs asking court to stop tomorrow’s election and order a new primary and a new general election in Bridgeport.”

3:30pm: “Justices going into conference. Expect to come back to bench asap. Chief Justice Robinson saying ‘I don’t know how this will come out.'”

At 4:30pm, the Court ruled that it would not be making a decision on the case at this time, and will not be delaying the Bridgeport Mayoral Election scheduled for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Senator Marilyn Moore – whom lost to Mayor Joe Ganim in the Democratic primary in September – is still running as a write-in candidate Tuesday.

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