A Boston man has been arrested in connection with a fire that was set inside a ballot drop box in the city, according to police.The Boston Election Department notified the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office that the fire was set at about 4 a.m. Sunday in the ballot drop box outside of the Boston Public Library’s main branch in Copley Square.Boston police said officers responded at 4:11 a.m. to the area of 700 Boylston St., which is the location of the library’s main branch. When they arrived at the scene, the officers saw Boston firefighters tending to smoke coming from the ballot box.The ballot box appeared to be on fire, but firefighters were unable to determine if the fire was burning on the inside, according to police. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire by filling the box with water.Police released photos of a suspect Sunday evening, and officers on patrol in the area of Copley Square saw a man matching the description at about 10:50 p.m. While speaking with the man, 39-year-old Worldy Armand, police discovered that he had an active warrant out of Ipswich District Court for receiving stolen property and took him into custody.While he was in police custody, members of the fire investigation unit were able to identify Armand as the suspect in the ballot box fire and charged him with willful and malicious burning. “I want to thank the Boston Police Department for their swift action, our law enforcement partners and members of the community who all played a role that led to the arrest of the suspect in the Copley Square ballot drop box incident,” reads a statement from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “From our election workers who are working hard to trace every legible ballot in that drop box, to our firefighters who quickly responded to the fire, and our police officers who launched an immediate investigation, voters can be assured that our first and foremost priority is maintaining the integrity of our elections process. We remain committed to making their voices heard in this and every election, and maintaining transparency and trust with voters.”Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin contacted U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office after he was notified of the incident Sunday morning, and also called on the FBI to investigate the “deliberate attack.”In announcing their investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI issued a statement saying in part, “For the next several weeks, 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.”When the drop box was emptied Sunday morning, 87 of the 122 ballots inside were legible and able to be processed. The last time the box had been emptied prior to the fire was just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday.Galvin told NewsCenter 5’s Julie Loncich that it appears a sophisticated incendiary device was used to start the fire, as the damage to the interior plastic lining of the ballot drop box was severe.Boston voters who used the Copley Square drop box between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, and who haven’t been able to confirm receipt of their ballot through the state’s tracking website, are urged to immediately contact the Boston Election Department.Affected voters will be mailed a replacement ballot and can either cast it or vote in-person until 8 p.m. on Election Day, which is Nov. 3. Any affected voters who do not submit a new ballot will have their original ballot hand-counted to the best extent possible, according to Galvin’s office.”I sent out an urgent directive (Sunday) afternoon to secure ballot drop boxes,” Galvin said. “If at all possible, have them inside of municipal facilities. If necessary, as we go down the stretch in this election and they need police officers there, that’s what they need to do. We’ll deal with the compensation issues later.”Boston police say Armand is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.According to the Malden District Court criminal clerk, Armand was arrested on Oct. 11 and charged in connection with a fire that was set outside of the Town Line Inn Motel. That case remains open and he is due back in court on Dec. 3.

A Boston man has been arrested in connection with a fire that was set inside a ballot drop box in the city, according to police.

The Boston Election Department notified the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office that the fire was set at about 4 a.m. Sunday in the ballot drop box outside of the Boston Public Library’s main branch in Copley Square.

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Boston police said officers responded at 4:11 a.m. to the area of 700 Boylston St., which is the location of the library’s main branch. When they arrived at the scene, the officers saw Boston firefighters tending to smoke coming from the ballot box.

The ballot box appeared to be on fire, but firefighters were unable to determine if the fire was burning on the inside, according to police. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire by filling the box with water.

Police released photos of a suspect Sunday evening, and officers on patrol in the area of Copley Square saw a man matching the description at about 10:50 p.m. While speaking with the man, 39-year-old Worldy Armand, police discovered that he had an active warrant out of Ipswich District Court for receiving stolen property and took him into custody.

While he was in police custody, members of the fire investigation unit were able to identify Armand as the suspect in the ballot box fire and charged him with willful and malicious burning.

“I want to thank the Boston Police Department for their swift action, our law enforcement partners and members of the community who all played a role that led to the arrest of the suspect in the Copley Square ballot drop box incident,” reads a statement from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “From our election workers who are working hard to trace every legible ballot in that drop box, to our firefighters who quickly responded to the fire, and our police officers who launched an immediate investigation, voters can be assured that our first and foremost priority is maintaining the integrity of our elections process. We remain committed to making their voices heard in this and every election, and maintaining transparency and trust with voters.”

Boston police released these photos of a man, whom they are looking to identify in their arson investigation.

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Worldy Armand, 39, of Boston

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin contacted U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office after he was notified of the incident Sunday morning, and also called on the FBI to investigate the “deliberate attack.”

In announcing their investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI issued a statement saying in part, “For the next several weeks, 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.”

When the drop box was emptied Sunday morning, 87 of the 122 ballots inside were legible and able to be processed. The last time the box had been emptied prior to the fire was just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Galvin told NewsCenter 5’s Julie Loncich that it appears a sophisticated incendiary device was used to start the fire, as the damage to the interior plastic lining of the ballot drop box was severe.

Boston voters who used the Copley Square drop box between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, and who haven’t been able to confirm receipt of their ballot through the state’s tracking website, are urged to immediately contact the Boston Election Department.

Affected voters will be mailed a replacement ballot and can either cast it or vote in-person until 8 p.m. on Election Day, which is Nov. 3. Any affected voters who do not submit a new ballot will have their original ballot hand-counted to the best extent possible, according to Galvin’s office.

“I sent out an urgent directive (Sunday) afternoon to secure ballot drop boxes,” Galvin said. “If at all possible, have them inside of municipal facilities. If necessary, as we go down the stretch in this election and they need police officers there, that’s what they need to do. We’ll deal with the compensation issues later.”

Boston police say Armand is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

According to the Malden District Court criminal clerk, Armand was arrested on Oct. 11 and charged in connection with a fire that was set outside of the Town Line Inn Motel. That case remains open and he is due back in court on Dec. 3.

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