Bridgeport candidate calls for new main after ballots go lacking

BRIDGEPORT — Metropolis Councilman Marcus Brown plans to ask a choose to throw out the outcomes of the 127th Home District Democratic main after metropolis election officers misplaced monitor of a number of ballots throughout a chaotic recount that confirmed state Rep. Jack Hennessy forward by a single vote.

In an announcement Tuesday evening, Brown referred to as the outcomes of the recount “unreliable” and mentioned he can be submitting a movement in state Superior Court docket asking for a brand new election to find out the social gathering’s nominee.

“We’re very assured {that a} choose will discover that vital poll counting and dealing with issues by election officers during the last week forged critical doubt on the true winner of this main,” Brown mentioned. “Bridgeport voters need to know their votes can be counted precisely, truthfully and transparently.”

Hennessy mentioned in an announcement Wednesday that the he hopes the town legal professional will defend the end result of the recount if the difficulty ever comes earlier than a choose. He famous that legal professional Jon Chase, the state-hired election monitor who was current for the re-canvass, didn’t object to the outcomes.

“I name upon my opponent to just accept the decision rendered by the individuals of the 127th District, and to honor the democratic course of by accepting the outcomes of the recount, and never put the Metropolis of Bridgeport by way of the trauma of a judicial continuing,” Hennessy mentioned.

The re-canvass was abruptly halted Tuesday afternoon when election officers found they had been brief not less than 9 absentee ballots, prompting an unsuccessful hour-long seek for the lacking votes.

Chase, on Tuesday night, famous the lacking ballots represented “a big disparity” between the absentee 403 ballots counted on election evening final week and the 394 recognized throughout the recount.