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State election officials to consider Bridgeport ballot probe

HARTFORD — The State Elections Enforcement Commission plans to hold a special meeting to determine whether to investigate allegations of absentee ballot irregularities in Bridgeport’s recent Democratic primary for mayor.

The agency has scheduled the meeting for Monday.

It comes after Hearst Connecticut Media reported widespread problems with the Sept. 10 primary, ranging from absentee ballots submitted by people not registered as Democrats to ineligible felons casting absentee ballots. Some absentee voters told reporters they had been pressured into voting for incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim, who narrowly defeated state Sen. Marilyn Moore. While Ganim lost at the polls to Moore, he was able to ultimately win the primary with a majority of absentee ballots.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Friday said the issues raised by Hearst merited a SEEC investigation.

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