A judge in Bridgeport, Connecticut is expected to rule later this week on whether to throw out the Democrat mayoral primary from September, after conclusive video evidence showed a city employee stuffing a drop box with absentee ballots in the middle of the night. The race was decided by 251 absentee ballots.
Meanwhile, towns across Connecticut are watching that case—and grappling over what to do with their own unsecured and unmonitored drop boxes. It’s a conundrum that could possibly have some very good implications for the rest of the country ahead of the 2024 election.
Drop boxes were illegally implemented by the Connecticut Secretary of State in 2020, just as they were illegally implemented in many other states. The Secretary of State doesn’t have legal authorization to unilaterally change election laws. Only state legislatures can do that.
Anyway, that happened in Connecticut, and after the 2020 election was effectively stolen from Donald Trump, the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature made drop boxes permanent.
It was fun winning a presidency that they should have lost by a huge margin, so why not make the drop boxes a fixture in all future elections, right? When the legislature voted to make drop boxes legitimate in Connecticut, it was recommended—but not mandated—that the boxes be placed in secure, well-lit locations with 24/7 camera monitoring. Again, the cameras are optional for cities in towns in Connecticut.
The subject is now getting much more discussion across the state because of the civil trial in Bridgeport. A city employee named Wanda Geter-Pataky was shown on surveillance video waddling up to the drop box outside her office—at 5:41 a.m.—the week before the mayoral primary in September. She dumped stacks and stacks of ballots into the drop box and made multiple trips to do so. She took the Fifth when she was called to the stand last week and refused to answer any questions under oath.
Challenger John Gomes won based on the number of in-person votes on the primary election day, but he lost the race when the absentee ballots from the drop boxes were counted. Incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim won by 251 votes. Wanda Geter-Pataky is a very vocal and in fact loudmouthed, obnoxious partisan supporter of Mayor Ganim.
Gomes is suing to have the primary election victory either awarded directly to him, thus vacating Ganim’s victory via drop box stuffing; or, alternatively, he wants the city to hold a do-over election but with less cheating this time.
There are currently 250 drop boxes installed across Connecticut. Bigger towns like Bridgeport have three or four installed; smaller towns only have one or two. Since cameras are optional, you can guess what’s happening in many smaller towns. They’re simply forgoing the expense of the cameras.
This Bridgeport situation has made the towns sit up and take notice, even though the Democrat controlled legislature is still pretending that their elections are safe and secure. In the town of Enfield, the city council just opted to install cameras to watch all three of its drop boxes, in direct response to the Bridgeport case. The town of Windsor has kept its drop boxes set up in front of already existing cameras, so at least it was no extra expense to the taxpayers.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the Connecticut state legislature are rightfully questioning why they need to have drop boxes at all. There’s no need to overthink this. Democrats want drop boxes and mail-in ballots because they want to cheat in elections. The only reason why we’re even talking about the drop boxes in Connecticut right now is because there was blatant, on-camera cheating in a Democrat primary, and the courts agreed to hear the case.
The implications are huge. If the judge voids the Bridgeport primary in his decision later this week, our side will have much better grounds to call for statewide and hopefully even federal bans on drop boxes. Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut. If elections can be stolen via drop boxes there, why couldn’t they be stolen anywhere and everywhere else? Even though the drop box in Bridgeport was monitored by a 24/7 surveillance camera, ballot box-stuffing still took place.
We are eagerly awaiting the judge’s decision in this case, and we’ll let you know what happens when a ruling is issued.