Bridgeport takes steps to get back into the CT's absentee ballot program

After little debate, the city of Bridgeport voted to re-enter an absentee ballot pilot program. The city withdrew from the state's pilot plan last week, but after Wednesday night's emergency meeting, the full council approved the ordinance to try to get back in the program.

Bridgeport bypassed a public hearing that was scheduled for next Monday to discuss the absentee ballot program. Mayor John Fabrizi (D-Bridgeport) said time was of the essence in the ballot decision. When Bridgeport withdrew from the pilot program last week, the state extended an invitation to Waterbury instead.

Mayor Fabrizi said he spoke with the state election commissioner and was told the city must decide whether they want to re-enter immediately. Fabrizi says he has already heard from the public, and believes they are in favor of the program.

Now it is up to the state to see whether Bridgeport or Waterbury gets to participate in the absentee ballot fraud pilot program.

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