The FBI is investigating a hearth set on Sunday in a Boston poll drop field holding over 120 ballots, with Massachusetts election officers describing the incident as a “deliberate attack”.
The fireplace was set early Sunday outdoors the Boston Public Library downtown, in accordance with the workplace of William Galvin, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth.
There have been 122 ballots contained in the field when it was emptied Sunday morning, and 35 have been broken, Galvin’s workplace mentioned.
Galvin and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh referred to as the incident a “disgrace to democracy, a disrespect to the voters fulfilling their civic duty, and a crime.”
Local police mentioned an arson inquiry was underneath method and launched photos of an individual close to the poll field across the time of the hearth. The police urged the general public to establish the person.
Crews put out the hearth by filling the poll field with water, the Boston Police Department mentioned in an announcement.
“It is a top priority of our offices to help maintain the integrity of the election process in Massachusetts by aggressively enforcing federal election laws”, the FBI mentioned in an announcement of the investigation.
Voters whose ballots have been affected can vote in particular person or by way of a alternative poll that will probably be mailed to them, officers mentioned.
Early voting started final Saturday in Massachusetts, and greater than 2 million residents have already forged their ballots in particular person or by mail.
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