A 39-year-old Boston, Mass. man has been taken into custody in connection with what officials are calling a “deliberate act of arson” to a ballot drop off box. Worldy Armand was arrested Sunday night and was charged with willful and malicious burning.
This came after video surveillance showed a man setting fire to a ballot drop-off box in Boston’s Copley Square.
Secretary of State William Gavin and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a joint statement that stated this crime was a complete disgrace to democracy.
An initial inventory was done by the Boston elections department which counted a total of 122 ballots in the drop-off box, 87 of which were reportedly unaffected by the arson.
“My immediate concern is to notify every city and town clerk in Massachusetts,” stated Gavin. “I sent out an urgent directive this afternoon to secure ballot drop boxes, if at all possible, have them inside of municipal facilities.”
The Democrat added that if it seems necessary, police officers may be staffed at drop boxes for extra security and the compensation issues can be dealt with later.
Authorities have advised anyone who used the Copley Square ballot drop box after 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday to check their ballot status or call the Boston election department immediately.