US ballot box set on fire in Boston, FBI opens investigation

The fire broke out outside the downtown Boston Public Library on Sunday.

The FBI is investigating a fire at the Boston Ballet Drop Box with more than 120 ballots on Sunday, with Massachusetts election officials describing the incident as a “deliberate attack.”

According to the office of Massachusetts Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin, a fire broke out early in the morning outside the City of Boston Public Library.

Galvin’s office said there were 122 ballots inside the empty ballot box on Sunday morning and 35 were damaged.

Galvin and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called the incident “an insult to democracy, an insult to voters for performing their civic duty and a crime.”

Local police said the arson was under investigation and released photos of a person near the polling station at the time of the blaze. Police urged the public to identify the person.

The crew extinguished the fire by filling the urn with water, the Boston Police Department said in a statement.

“Helping maintain the integrity of the electoral process by aggressively enforcing federal election laws in Massachusetts is the top priority of our offices,” the FBI said during the investigation.

Officials said voters whose ballots have been affected can vote in person or through a replacement ballot.

Early voting began last Saturday in Massachusetts, and more than 2 million residents have already voted in person or by mail.

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