(NewsReady.com) – Many concerns have been raised regarding mail-in voting, but an unexpected one came to fruition. An arsonist attacked a ballot drop-off box in Boston, MA, early Sunday morning.
The box, located in Copley Square just outside the Boston Public Library, was set on fire around 4 a.m. on October 25. Surveillance camera footage shows a man approaching the box with a burning object in his hand. When election workers emptied the box later on Sunday morning they found 122 ballots inside; 35 of them were damaged by the fire and 10 of them were too badly burned to be read.
Massachusetts officials called a fire inside a Boston ballot box an apparent "deliberate attack," and have asked the FBI to investigate. Of the more than 120 ballots inside the box early Sunday, 35 were too damaged to process. https://t.co/a04A7JYcWh
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On Monday, 39-year-old Worldy Armand appeared in Boston Municipal Court charged with wilful and malicious burning of the box. The Suffolk County prosecutor’s office said he’s emotionally disturbed and wasn’t deliberately attacking democracy.
Even still, the attack shows how easy it is to interfere with postal ballots. Boston election officials said anyone who used the Copley Square box between Saturday afternoon and 4 a.m. Sunday should check the status of their ballots online.
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