Connecticut Democrats Arrested For Absentee Ballot Violations

In a significant development, four Bridgeport, Connecticut residents have been charged with illegal possession of absentee ballots and other election-related crimes stemming from the 2019 mayoral primary. The charges, announced by Chief State’s Attorney Patrick J. Griffin, follow an extensive investigation into election misconduct.

The individuals charged are Alfredo Castillo, Wanda Geter-Pataky, Josephine Edmonds, and Nilsa Heredia, all associated with Democratic campaigns. Geter-Pataky is a prominent member of the city’s Democratic Town Committee, Castillo is a city councilman allied with Mayor Joe Ganim, and both Heredia and Edmonds worked on mayoral campaigns.

The Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice reported that the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) investigation uncovered serious violations. These include mishandling absentee ballots, failing to maintain proper records, and tampering with witnesses. The charges were filed after a nearly year-long criminal investigation.

All four individuals have been released on their own recognizance and are expected to appear in court on June 24. The charges reflect a concerted effort by the state to address and prevent election fraud.

Chief State’s Attorney Griffin highlighted the importance of election integrity, stating, “Ensuring the integrity of our voting process is essential for our democracy. These actions aim to prevent future tampering and uphold public trust in our electoral system.”

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim addressed the charges, emphasizing that the legal process would determine the outcome and stressing the importance of maintaining a fair and honest election system. He assured the public that any irregularities would be thoroughly examined and resolved through the judicial process.

This case highlights ongoing concerns about election security and the necessity of strict enforcement of voting laws to safeguard democratic processes. As the accused face court proceedings, the issue of election integrity remains a critical focus for both state authorities and the public.