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Election Fraud Scandal Rocks Connecticut: Four Democratic Leaders Arrested in Bridgeport
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Election Fraud Scandal Rocks Connecticut: Four Democratic Leaders Arrested in Bridgeport

In a shocking turn of events, four Democratic leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, have been arrested and charged with election fraud in connection with the 2019 mayoral primary race. The arrests have sent shockwaves through the state, raising questions about the integrity of the electoral process and the extent of voter

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by Cody Bradson

In a shocking turn of events, four Democratic leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, have been arrested and charged with election fraud in connection with the 2019 mayoral primary race. The arrests have sent shockwaves through the state, raising questions about the integrity of the electoral process and the extent of voter fraud in the region.

The individuals charged include Wanda Geter-Pataky, the vice chairwoman of the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee, and Alfredo Castillo, a city council member, along with campaign workers Josephine Edmonds and Nilsa Heredia. The charges stem from allegations of manipulating the absentee ballot system during the city's 2019 Democratic primary, in which the incumbent mayor, Joe Ganim, defeated state Sen. Marilyn Moore by just 270 votes.

The arrests come after a lengthy investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, which referred the case to the Chief State's Attorney's office for potential criminal charges. The investigation was prompted by a formal letter of referral from the Secretary of the State's Office following the September 2019 primary.

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Geter-Pataky, who has been at the center of a similar controversy involving absentee ballots in the recent mayoral primary, is accused of failing to sign as an assister on an absentee ballot application that she had filled out on behalf of a prospective voter and misrepresenting eligibility requirements for voting by absentee ballot.

The arrests have sparked outrage among Republicans in Connecticut, who have long called for stricter voting measures in the state. Republican state lawmakers have seized on the scandal to push for broad voting reforms, including measures to increase transparency and accountability in the electoral process.

The case has also highlighted the ongoing issues with absentee voting in Bridgeport, a city with a history of ballot fraud and election do-overs. The arrests have raised concerns about the culture of local politics in the city and the cutthroat nature of political campaigns.

The arrests come at a time when the integrity of the electoral process is under intense scrutiny across the country. The case in Bridgeport serves as a stark reminder of the need for vigilance and transparency in the electoral process to ensure that the will of the voters is accurately reflected in the results.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the eyes of the nation will be on Bridgeport, Connecticut, as the city grapples with the fallout from this shocking election fraud scandal.

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