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Final arguments heard in Bridgeport primary election case

Politics

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Final legal arguments have been made in a court case concerning the recent Democratic mayoral primary in Bridgeport.

News 12 reported Wednesday that Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens expects to make a decision by next week about whether to delay next month’s general election and hold a new primary.

Several voters filed a lawsuit last month, seeking a new primary after Hearst Connecticut Media reported problems with absentee ballots. In court, nearly a dozen voters testified they cast absentee ballots even though they weren’t qualified to do so.

Incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim narrowly defeated state Sen. Marilyn Moore in the Sept. 10 contest after securing the majority of absentee ballots. He ultimately won by a 270-vote margin.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission is also investigating possible absentee ballot irregularities.

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