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4 Connecticut Democratic operatives charged in absentee ballot misuse investigation

Four Democratic Party activists in Connecticut were indicted on election-related charges this week, including a woman previously under investigation for alleged “vote stuffing” in the Bridgeport mayoral primary.

Two canvassers, along with Bridgeport City Councilman Alfredo Castillo and Democratic Town Committee Vice Chair Wanda Gator Pataky, were indicted on charges including illegal possession of absentee ballots, the release said. Multiple Reports.

According to an official statement about the case, Gator Pataky is accused, in part, of failing to sign as an “assistant” on absentee ballot applications he filled out on behalf of prospective voters.

Castillo was accused of misrepresenting absentee ballot eligibility requirements and failing to sign on as an assistant.

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According to the Connecticut Post, three of them, including Gator Pataky and Castillo, supported Mayor Joseph Ganim’s 2019 re-election bid, while the remaining supporter was Ganim’s primary opponent, Marilyn Moore.

Ganim, who leads the state’s largest city, has repeatedly denied knowing any of his supporters’ alleged actions.

The four defendants are scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on June 24.

A state court previously overturned the results of Bridgeport’s 2023 Democratic mayoral primary, in which Ganim and then-opponent John Gomez were separated by just 251 votes, citing allegations of absentee ballot fraud.

Judge William Clark ordered a new election to be held after Gator Pataky and another person were seen on surveillance camera footage making multiple trips to deposit large numbers of absentee ballots into drop boxes.

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A portion of the video was aired on Fox News Channel at the time, in which a reporter from “Jesse Watters Primetime” confronted Gator Pataky as she got out of her car. Gator Pataky did not provide any comment to the reporter.

In remarks captured by Fox News in the wake of the 2023 situation, Connecticut Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont denied claims that the introduction of early voting and the expansion of absentee voting have led to “potential corruption.”

“I think it’s human beings that corrupt,” Lamont said.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Castillo and the Connecticut Democratic Party for comment. Attempts to reach Getah Pataky were unsuccessful.

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Three of the four defendants in the case also face charges of witness tampering, Connecticut Chief Attorney Patrick J. Griffin said in a statement.

“The integrity of our voting process is critical to our democracy,” Griffin said. “I appreciate the care and time the State Attorney’s Office has devoted to these investigations, and I hope these charges send a message that will be a deterrent to future attempts to tamper with election results in Connecticut.”

Griffin said all four are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report..