Ajudge has overturned a Democratic primary race in a Connecticut town after video evidence allegedly showed the incumbent mayor, Joe Ganim, cheating.
Ganim was initially trailing his opponent, John Gomes, but suddenly gained votes after absentee ballots were counted.
“The volume of ballots so mishandled is such that it calls the results of the primary election into serious doubt and leaves the court unable to determine the legitimate result of the primary,” Clark ruled.
“The videos are shocking to the court and should be shocking to all the parties” Clark pressed.
It is noted that Ganim was previously convicted of corruption but was re-elected after serving his sentence.
It was just a primary between two Democrats so perhaps the judge figured he wouldn’t get assassinated if he threw out an election because of fraud. Had a judge done this for a critical state in the Biden v. Trump election it could mean his life would never be the same again. I suspect this sort of thinking contributed to some of the legal avoidance in the 2020 precedential election.
But, this election getting appropriate legal attention could make it easier for a more significant election to get appropriate attention as well.
What I don’t understand is even though the fraud was clear the candidate is still allowed to run for office rather than being unable to serve due to a long term commitment to a small room with metal bars for a door:
The judge called for a new primary race while the general election is still planned with Ganim as the Democratic nominee and Gomes as an independent candidate.