OK, let’s try this again, for the folks around the country that currently think Connecticut can’t get it right. Bridgeport announced its final tallies and, to no one’s surprise, it puts Malloy in the Governor’s big boy chair. Unofficially, of course.
The vote tally announced at 6:30 this morning, perhaps to keep the whole mess under the radar. A couple of interesting elements here. After all the screaming and gnashing of teeth over disenfranchised voters, the vote count does not include the ballots cast after 8PM. Marginal is how they described it. But it does include Xeroxed ballots. Disgrace. From WTIC.
The mayor of Bridgeport says Democrat Dan Malloy won the election in Connecticut’s largest city by more than 13,000 votes, apparently giving him the edge in the disputed governor’s race.
Mayor Bill Finch says Malloy had 17,800 votes, compared with 4,075 for Republican Tom Foley.
Both candidates had claimed victory in Tuesday’s election.
If the numbers hold, Malloy will become the first Democratic governor since 1991.
My guess is if the totals were closer the “after 8PM” votes would be counted. But not all the questions have been answered. What about the reverse 9-11 calls that were made by the city to residents. The system is set up to warn people of major emergencies, not a get out the vote campaign. Yes, the Mayor is a Democrat. State Senator Kevin Witkos told Ray Dunaway this morning he wants an investigation into who ordered this.
The other issue is the decision to count the xeroxed ballots but not the ballots cast after 8PM? Was it because the Democrat Mayor and the Democrat Secretary of State decided that since one was needed but the other not, this would be a great way of sweeping the “after 8PM” decision under the rug.
From the WWE T-shirt fiasco, to the declaration that Malloy had won before the results were counted. From WTNH.
This has been a disgrace and helped turn Connecticut into a national laughing stock. Democrats controlled the whole process, made partisan decisions, and did substantial damage to the integrity of the system in Connecticut.
And while we are on the subject, one of the favorite rants of Democrats is voter intimidation and disenfranchisement. What does a process like this do to disenfranchisement and intimidation of voters who don’t vote Democrat. Why vote, you may ask, if your vote doesn’t make a difference because it appears the deck is stacked against you? Why indeed?
UPDATE: You can listen to the entire press conference by the Mayor here at WTNH.
Key points here come at the beginning where he announces the totals, at the 4 minute mark when the Mayor explains why he does not count the ballots after 8PM. Then again at the 10:00 mark where he talks about the blame game.