STAMFORD, Conn. – State Rep. William Tong has called for a full investigation after the Stamford Advocate published a story Wednesday that state officials were looking into possible voter fraud in Stamford's 2015 municipal election.
The Stamford Advocate reported that the chief state's attorney office has opened a criminal investigation into the election. They are specifically looking at a possible scam involving absentee ballots, the Stamford Advocate reported.
Sources told the Stamford Advocate are looking into allegations that Democratic State Central Committee member John Mallozzi and volunteers ordered absentee ballots in the name of unsuspecting voters, and used them to cast votes for candidates running or municipal office. Most of the people under whose names the ballots were ordered were immigrants who had recently obtained citizenship, according to the Stamford Advocate.
Tong, a Democrat who represents the 147th District that includes parts of Stamford and Darien, said that those responsible should be punished "to the fullest extent of the law."
“Like most people, I believed that election tampering and voter disenfranchisement happened in other places. To know that elections here in Stamford may have been manipulated is a real punch in the gut," Tong said. "As the son of immigrants, I am sickened that elected leaders here in Stamford, a community that prides itself on diversity and inclusion, may have used immigrants’ voting rights to perpetrate a fraud on our city."
Tong continued, “As a Stamford resident and chairman of our state legislature’s Judiciary Committee, I strongly condemn these alleged actions and call on the state’s attorney to prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law."
"This has to stop now. We must not look the other way in the face of obvious corruption. Those responsible must be held accountable and we must clean up any ethical problems in government center to restore faith in our city’s electoral process.”
The Stamford Advocate reported that the investigation was launched this April. When contacted by the Stamford Advocate, Mallozzi's attorney downplayed the investigation and said it was not criminal in nature. No charges have been filed.
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