Someone tried to burn down an Early Voting Ballot Box at the Boston Public Library

A ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library was set on fire early Sunday morning in an apparently deliberate act, according to state and city officials, who said the "attack" — a "disgrace to democracy" — likely left several ballots spoiled.

Someone tried to burn down an Early Voting Ballot Box at the Boston Public Library

From The Boston Globe:

A ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library was set on fire early Sunday morning in an apparently deliberate act, according to state and city officials, who said the "attack" — a "disgrace to democracy" — likely left several ballots spoiled.

[…]

The fire was set around 4 a.m. in the Copley Square drop box, according to Galvin's office. Boston Police on Sunday released two images of a man they say they're trying to identify as part of the investigation. In one image, a man appears to be holding something with a bright flame as he approaches the ballot box.

I saw this news right after I got home from casting my own early voting ballot in Boston. While actually altering-ballots-in-person voter fraud remains less likely than getting struck by lightning, voter suppression and other interference tactics have allegedly been on the rise, fueled by the President's fear-mongering rhetoric. Case in point: trying to burn down a ballot box in a famously Democratic city. Even more specifically, doing it at the most obvious, central, noticeable downtown location possible. While the city insists that all ballot boxes are under 24-hour surveillance, a potential arsonist would be foolish to think that the historic Boston Public Library wasn't lined with surveillance cameras.

Or maybe: that was the point. Maybe they weren't actually trying to sway the vote — there were only 122 ballots in the box at the time of the fire, 87 of which were unscathed, and only 5-10 of which were "badly damaged" — but rather, were just to agitate and accelerate and create some fear in general.