Two leaders of the far-left group Bridgeport Generation Now Votes, Gemeem Davis and Callie Heilmann, requested 15,000 absentee ballot applications in what is said to be the largest amount ever signed out of the Town Clerk's office. Presumably this is in an anticipation of a Democratic primary on September 12th with incumbent Joe Ganim and challengers Lamond Daniels, John Gomes and Marilyn Moore.
BPT Gen Now Votes is part of the Unrig Bridgeport grassroots coalition, which also includes the following partner organizations: Bridgeport Strong, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, The Greater Bridgeport NAACP, Greater Bridgeport Ed Gomes Black Democratic Club, Make The Road CT Action, PT Partners, SEIU 1199 New England, The Working Families Party – Bridgeport, and The Working Families Party – CT.
“The Unrig Bridgeport coalition is so excited and proud to support Marilyn Moore for mayor of Bridgeport. We know she is the only candidate who is committed to “unrigging” our city, who will fight against systemic corruption and special interests and who will provide Bridgeporters with the city government and critical services we need and deserve,” said Gemeem Davis, President and Co-Director of Bridgeport Generation Now Votes. “Bridgeporters are ready for change and voters are paying attention. We want better schools, safer streets, and a stronger city, and Marilyn Moore stands ready, willing, and able to help make that happen.”
BPT Gen Now Votes has stated that it's on a mission to increase voter turnout and to ensure clean and fair elections in Bridgeport, so it launched "a robust voter education and mobilization campaign" in support of Moore's campaign. It seems the record number of absentee ballot applications might be part of that strategy.
According to Only in Bridgeport, the town has approximately 40,000 registered Democrats, and mayoral primary turnout is expected to be in the 10,000-13,000 range. So 15,000 absentee ballot applications certainly raises eyebrows and questions about potential ballot harvesting.
Unrig Bridgeport previously published a 30-point plan, A New Blueprint For Bridgeport's Future, to outline its goals for justice and equity, good government, democracy, and to take on the culture of "systemic" corruption. The plan calls for making Bridgeport government more open, accessible, and equitable (e.g., conduct a racial equity study, implement anti-racist training, study the possibility of a City Reparations Fund). It also calls for progressive housing policies, environmental justice, and more equity.