Sen. Sampson Reacts to SOTS Comments on In-Person Voting, Need for Election Monitors

January 12, 2024

State Sen. Rob Sampson (R-Wolcott), ranking member of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, today reacted to Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas’s recent series of comments regarding the new Bridgeport primary on Jan. 23, which is a do-over because of rampant and proven Democrat absentee ballot fraud that prompted a judge to nullify the results of last September’s original primary.


Earlier this week, she called on voters to cast in-person ballots because of a shortage of election monitors. It was reported that only two monitors are assigned to the Bridgeport primary. Days later, it was also reported that Thomas’s office issued a plea to “attorneys, judges and others in the legal profession (active or retired)” for volunteer assistance as additional election monitors.


“Democrats and the Secretary of the State had numerous opportunities to bring checks and balances to Bridgeport’s elections, and elections across Connecticut. Even after the Bridgeport video surfaced, I offered five reasonable amendments this past September during a special session. Rather than acknowledge and fix the problem, Democrats continued to ignore the issue like it didn’t matter. The fact that our Secretary of the State is now instructing voters to vote in-person only reenforces the point that I have been making for the past decade,” said Senator Sampson.


Senator Sampson has long advocated for in-person voting among a host of measures to secure Connecticut’s elections. Most recently, he introduced and debated five Senate Republican amendments during last year’s Sept. 26 special legislative session to bolster absentee ballot security and address known voting abuses, in direct response to the now-proven Bridgeport Democratic absentee ballot fraud. Senate Democrats voted as a bloc against all five amendments.