STATE REP 5: Leo speaks

Via Facebook, Democratic 5th State House district candidate Leo Canty speaks out on the circus surrounding his never-ending primary recount fiasco.

5 weeks since election day - it's still a tie. No Democratic Nominee has been selected for District 5 - ballots are being printed and Nov 6 is 7 weeks away.

Now we found a ballot that was cast by a dead person - and not counted - but we find out rumors of her death were greatly exaggerated. Now her ballot is in court - and may count....should it be opened?? This is a 1 vote election and it all hinges on Bertha's vote and the world will know how she voted ..if it is opened. Drama in the slow courts - legal delay tactics - questions of the process and sanctity of secret ballots? big city politics?? Dead people living to vote??? the most bizarre form of democracy found anywhere on this planet.

Almost as bizarre as the Mittster.

CTNJ has the latest...

Rumors of an elderly Windsor woman's death have been greatly exaggerated, and since she's still alive it's possible her vote which is still sealed could decide the Democratic primary contest between Leo Canty and Brandon McGee.

The absentee ballot found Monday during a second recount of Windsor's ballots could determine the outcome of the race, if Superior Court Judge A. Susan Peck decides to have the envelope erroneously marked "deceased" opened Wednesday.

John Kennelly, an attorney for McGee, said he's not sure he will ask the judge to unseal the ballot, which could decide the election.

"At this point we're not ready to answer that question," Kennelly said.

Thomas McDonough, an attorney for Canty, said he would have to do some more research before deciding whether he would ask the court to unseal the envelope.

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A second recount of Hartford's absentee ballots Tuesday found that there was an empty envelop which contained no ballot at all. Solving at least one of Peck's questions.

Last week, Peck said she had no reason to doubt Hartford City Clerk John Bazzano when he testified that he delivered 79 absentee ballots to a Hartford polling place, but at the end of the evening on Aug. 14 were only 78.

"It appears, pretty persuasively, that if something happened to the ballot, it happened on election day," Peck said Friday.

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The recount of absentee ballots in Hartford yielded no changes to the vote count it had completed on Aug. 14, which means Canty and McGee are still tied.

Judge Peck will have to decide Wednesday whether to open up the Windsor woman's ballot. She could also order a revote if there were questions of electoral conduct, and she may have to decide whether to toss three Windsor votes because the voters were not properly checked in by the poll workers.

Stay tuned as the circus is set to begin again at 2 PM.

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