Skip to comments.Bag of Uncounted Ballots Found in Bridgeport
Posted on 11/05/2010 8:27:35 AM PDT by Red Badger
In what has become one of the stranger twists in an already bizarre Governor's race, a bag of uncounted ballots was found in Bridgeport Thursday night.
Republican officials were approached by Democratic operatives and told about the surprise ballot bag, according to Bridgeport GOP Chairman Marc Delmonico.
It adds to the inconsistencies from the Democratic Party in Bridgeport. It just keeps adding to it, said Delmonico. Theres nothing odd about it; theres certainly nothing missing about it, said Ed Maley, a representative for the Democratic Party.
Delmonico said Democrats asked to have several people deputized to count the uncounted ballots, but Republicans objected, claiming that wasn't proper procedure in the vote-counting process.
These ballots are getting extraordinarily heightened scrutiny. Theyre being dealt with in a public fashion, an open public process so that everyone can witness it, said Mark Anastasi, the city attorney for Bridgeport.
Instead the GOP asked police to take custody of the bag of ballots until the matter could be sorted out.
The votes could be pivotal in the race for Governor, in which neither candidate has conceded defeat.
Wednesday, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz declared Democrat Dan Malloy the "unofficial" winner, but numbers released by her office show Republican Tom Foley still leading Malloy by more than 8,000 votes. Those totals do not include any of the vote totals from the City of Bridgeport.
Bridgeport has become the focal point of what has turned into a circus of an election.
A ballot shortage led to long lines on Election Day, and a judge issuing an order to keep polls open until 10 p.m. Tuesday, two hours longer than every other town in the state.
Because of the shortage, many of the votes cast Tuesday were done so on photocopied ballots.
Election officials began counting those ballots just after 5 p.m. Thursday when the new bag of uncounted ballots was discovered.
Bysiewicz said she didn't expect the vote totals from Bridgeport to be submitted to her until Friday at the earliest.
This is why they were short. They filled out the ballots and then ran out so they had to make copies to make up for the ones they filled out
I see. The old "I found a bag of ballots" trick again.
I guess you in MI deserve to be able to rub it in. We may turn CT red but probably not till after bankruptcy.
Those are EXCELLENT suggestions. Kudos.
Too Late....throw em in the trash.
These are the things that start violent uprisings leading to revolutions.
was it in their trunk?
Just enough to put the Dems over the top too?
What a coincidence!
I think when the “Chain of Custody” is unclear then the votes should be invalid.
This calls for an investigation, not a recount.
Because Republicans don’t have groups like SEIU working for them in dark alleys.
Bump. If election officials and judges really wanted to, they could make fraud virtually impossible. But they don’t want it to because they don’t believe in Democracy.
This is how they put Al Franken in the Senate too
Shades of New Mexico 2000
Gee, funny how that works. They weren't approached by state or local election officials to inform them of the additional ballots but instead were informed by the opposing political party. Go figure. I wonder at what point these same Democrat Party officials informed state and local election officials about the additional ballots.
I volunteered this last election as a Pol Watcher for the local Republican Party here. Although watching the entire process was with in my primary duties I paid focused attention on I.D. verification and the closing down and transfer of vote tallies to the main counting facility.
In South Carolina you must have one of only three forms of I.D. to be eligible to vote. They are a valid S.C. drivers license, a state issued picture I.D. or a voter registration card for the precinct you are attempting to vote in.
It was amazing how many people tried to vote with electric or telephone bills or with out of state licenses or with voter cards from another district. I, along with a very cooperative Pol Clerk, allowed none of it and referred these people to the County Headquarters downtown per protocol as not to disenfranchise any one.
I also noted at the end of the polling hours the main focus of all of the paid pol workers was to get out of there as quickly as possible. This created some interesting scenarios that I wonder could be typical at other polling places:
The Pol Clerk, whos in charge, (Pol Managers are the lower workers?) had to go and get his van, leaving all the ballot boxes and voting machines inside for several minutes unattended.
We were in a school gymnasium and had trouble finding the custodian to lock the doors at 7:00pm.
It seemed to be very chaotic in the hour it took to clean up, break down the tables and chairs and load up the voting boxes and machines. It also seemed as if any formal protocol was relaxed at best or non-existent at worst.
Lack of oversight at these precincts is only too encouraging for rats to scurry and infest.
There are 26 GOP controlled legislatures, there are 19 of those with Republican governors.
They know way ahead of time how many voters are registered to vote.