EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A dispute over the East Haven mayoral election went to court on Friday. Democratic challenger Salvatore Maltese is demanding a recount, claiming that improprieties before and during the election cost him a victory against incumbent Joe Maturo.
Maturo was supposed to be sworn back into office on Saturday, but the question over who will take over as East Haven’s mayor remains up in the air.Original Story: East Haven Mayor Maturo Jr. being taken to court
Maturo won by 106 votes.
Maltese alleges that the ballots handed out did not match the total number of votes counted. He also accuses the town GOP chair of violating election laws by working at the polls early on election morning.
Friday’s hearing lasted seven hours, and many of Maltese’s allegations were contradicted, proven false in testimony and evidence provided by witnesses that Maltese called to the stand.
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The defense closed the day by calling its first witness. That witness will return to the stand on Monday.
It remains unclear how this will impact Maturo’s swearing-in ceremony, which remained scheduled for Saturday.