Mayoral candidate John Gomes' campaign released a damning video on Saturday showing evidence of election fraud in the recent Bridgeport Democratic primary. The video has prompted an investigation by the Bridgeport Police Department for "possible misconduct."
The video on the Gomes campaign's Facebook page shows a woman dropping stacks of 'illegal' ballots into an absentee ballot box outside the Bridgeport government center, where the city's Registrar of Voters office is located, CT Mirror reported.
The Gomes campaign was able to identify the woman in the footage as Wanda Geter-Pataky, the Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic Town Clerk and a vocal supporter of incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim, who is seeking reelection. Gomes' campaign claims that the video shows Geter-Pataky dropping off stacks of absentee ballots ahead of the September 12th primary.
"Video surveillance proving that the mayoral election was unequivocally stolen through corruption within City Hall by tampering with absentee ballots," John Gomes said on his Facebook page.
"This is an undeniable act of voter suppression and a huge civil rights violation. It's time to restore lasting credibility to our city's democracy. Once and for ALL. Enough is enough!" he added.
Gomes lost to incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim in the Democratic primary by a narrow margin of 251 votes, according to the most recent preliminary count posted on the Secretary of the State's website. Ganim won the absentee vote tally 1,545 to 779, while Gomes led on the voting machines.
The Bridgeport Police Department confirmed that they are actively investigating the actions shown in the video.