- Associated Press - Monday, March 26, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court says a third Democratic primary for Bridgeport City Council is needed in part because a police officer improperly collected absentee ballots at a Democratic party official’s direction.

The court released its full decision in the case Monday, two months after upholding a lower court’s ruling without explanation. The new primary is set for April 10. Four candidates are vying for two City Council seats.

The first primary in September was invalidated because of an improperly counted absentee ballot. Candidates Jeanette Herron and Robert Keeley tied for one of the seats.

Herron beat Keeley by 18 votes in the second primary in November.

But the Supreme Court says 26 absentee ballots should not have been counted in that primary, including 14 improperly collected by the police officer.

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