Voter fraud complaint got sent to wrong address. Now SEEC can't discuss it until days before election.

STAMFORD — A complaint accusing state House candidate Corey Paris of voter fraud wasn’t discussed Wednesday during a meeting of the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

The commission had yet to receive the original affidavit of complaint, SEEC spokesperson Joshua Foley said Wednesday. The commission needs to have the original document in hand before taking any action.

Stamford resident Joshua Esses, a Republican, mailed the complaint on March 29. On Thursday, Esses said he initially sent the complaint to the wrong address.

The commission’s office recently moved from Trinity Street to Farmington Avenue in Hartford. But the complaint form on the commission’s website still uses the Trinity Street address, and Esses initially mailed his complaint there.

Esses said he called FedEx to update the delivery address, but FedEx entered an incorrect number, and the complaint was delivered to an auto shop near the SEEC’s office. Esses said someone at the shop indicated that he was going to drop off the complaint for him.

Esses has alleged that Paris, the Democratic candidate running in the special election for the currently vacant 145th District seat, committed fraud by voting in Stamford while living in Bridgeport. Republicans have endorsed J.D. Ospina.

Paris has said that he voted in Stamford after receiving information from the Office of the Secretary of the State indicating that he could do so because he was only living in Bridgeport temporarily and planned to return to Stamford.

The commission’s next meeting is on April 21 — only six days before the election itself.

Foley has said that whenever SEEC receives a complaint, it goes before the commission “at the next opportunity, which is usually the next scheduled commission meeting.” The commission then votes during the meeting on whether to investigate the complaint.

“The commission deems it necessary to investigate any complaint that alleges facts which if proven true would constitute a violation of election law,” Foley said last week. “They take that vote. Then the complaint is docketed, an investigator and enforcement attorney are assigned to the file and it is investigated.”