Massachusetts officials ask FBI to probe fire set in Boston ballot-box
A Boston ballot box was set on fire early Sunday in what appears to be a “deliberate attack,” according to local officials, who called the incident “a disgrace to democracy.”
Authorities in Massachusetts have asked the FBI to investigate the blaze, which was sparked around 4 a.m. outside the main branch of the Boston Public Library.
The drop-off box held 122 ballots, 35 of which were largely spoiled, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s office said.
Galvin and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh blasted the act as a “disgrace to democracy, a disrespect to the voters fulfilling their civic duty, and a crime.”
Boston Police on Sunday released two images of a possible suspect in the arson investigation. In one image, the man appears to be holding an object with a glowing flame near the ballot box.
Officers called to the scene saw smoke pouring out of the box, and firefighters managed to put out the flames by filling it with water.
The dropbox had last been emptied around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Voters who used it between Saturday afternoon and 4 a.m. Sunday and can’t confirm online whether their ballot was processed should immediately contact the Boston Elections Department immediately, officials said.
Those whose ballots were affected can either vote in person or by a replacement ballot that will be mailed to them. If they don’t “their original ballot will be hand-counted to the extent possible,” Galvin’s office said.
With Post wires
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