Sen. Sampson Statement on Proven Absentee Ballot Abuse in Bridgeport

November 1, 2023

State Sen. Rob Sampson (R-Wolcott), ranking member of the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee, today issued a statement on a Bridgeport judge’s order for a new Democratic mayoral primary after evidence of mishandled ballots was presented:


“Today, a Superior Court judge’s ruling confirms that Bridgeport citizens were disenfranchised as I have repeatedly pointed out. There is no confidence in this Democratic primary election because of flagrant, and now proven absentee ballot abuse. So, what are the Democrats, who currently control all the levers of government, planning to do? As of yesterday, the Democrat Secretary of the State’s office is still slow walking an election monitor position to supposedly correct this ongoing problem. The Democrats in the legislature, despite repeated opportunities, continue to pretend that Connecticut elections are above scrutiny.


“For years, I have warned of the consequences of the irresponsible expansion of absentee balloting. I have also introduced, year after year, measures to ensure confidence in our elections, and that every legal voter can access a ballot. In September, during a special session, I offered five separate amendments to secure the absentee ballot process while maintaining access for all eligible voters. Majority Democrats rejected these amendments on party lines. Will they now admit that there is a problem?” said Sen. Sampson.


View Sen. Sampson’s introduction of each amendment and final vote tally from the Sept. 26 special session here.


As ranking member of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, Senator Sampson has maintained a consistent position on the measured use of absentee ballots in Connecticut: