Bridgeport is king of the hill in Connecticut among absentee ballot voters. It’s not even close, a trend that has soared the past decade as a measure of overall Democratic voters in the city.
Bridgeport, Connecticut’s most populous city, also features the most registered Democrats in the state, roughly 41,000. Of the 5,456 Democrats that voted citywide in Tuesday’s primaries, 1,850 votes were tabulated as absentee, about one third, according to reporting statistics from the Office of the Secretary of the State (SOTS). Statewide Dem turnout was about 14 percent with Bridgeport about 13 percent.
Primary turnout is notoriously lower than general elections.
Just to compare a likewise city, 5,339 Dems voted in New Haven, with 459 counted as absentee.
In Connecticut’s 127th General Assembly District, City Councilman Marcus Brown holds a five-vote advantage awaiting Tuesday’s scheduled recount. Brown’s ground operation, winning all three district precincts, staved off an absentee ballot harvesting by the campaign of incumbent Jack Hennessy that represents a staggering 45 percent of the vote he received, an effort headed by his campaign manager Maria Pereira.
Remember the days that featured chronic complaining by candidates who came up on the lopsided losing end of the absentee ballot battle? Opponents to the party organization are now saying we’ll play too. It’s been made much easier to vote by mail in a state requiring excuse-only absentee voting because electors may now simply cite an illness, such as a covid, as reason to avoid walk-in precincts.
The SOTS stats show a tight outcome in Bridgeport between incumbent State Senator Dennis Bradley and endorsed-Dem Herron Gaston who emerged victorious. Gaston won Bridgeport 1,599 to Bradley’s 1,555.
Gaston, by percentage, won the Stratford portion of the district handily, by more than 100 votes.
Snapshot of turnout