A man suspected of lighting a ballot box on fire was arrested in Boston, officials said.
The ballot box reportedly had over 120 votes inside.
According to the Boston Police Department, smoke was seen coming out of the box in the city’s famous Copley Square around 4 a.m. on Sunday. The fire was extinguished by firefighters who filled the box up with water.
There were 122 ballots in the box, but only 87 were legible and able to be processed, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin said.
State officials asked voters to check the status of their ballots if they used the damaged box and are urged to contact the Boston Elections Department immediately. Replacement ballots will be sent to those who need one.
Suspect Worldy Armand, 39, was arrested and charged with willful and malicious burning later Sunday.
Officials are asking for extra security measures to prevent similar incidents.
“What happened in the early hours of this morning to the ballot drop box in Copley Square is a disgrace to democracy, a disrespect to the voters fulfilling their civic duty, and a crime,” Galvin and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. “Our first and foremost priority is maintaining the integrity of our elections process and ensuring transparency and trust with our voters, and any effort to undermine or tamper with that process must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
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