On Sunday night In Los Angeles a box full of ballots was set on fire, on Sunday night, Oct. 18, apparently intentionally, and it has revived the controversy over the fragility and irregularities in the postal voting system promoted by Democrats and denounced by Republicans.

After 8 p.m. fire crews were alerted to a possible fire outside the Baldwin Park Library. Upon arrival, the firefighters found a box of ballots smoking. They were able to quickly extinguish the flames by shoving a hose into the slot. After opening the box with a chainsaw, they found at least 200 burned ballots inside.

A video posted on Twitter by a local journalist shows the moment when the firemen managed to open the box and extinguish the fire.

According to the Post, the spokesman for the Los Angeles County Office of Electoral Records, Mike Sanchez, said that this is the first time that such an event has occurred. Faced with the problematic situation, the post office contacted the local police and later also the FBI and the attorney general. 

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis expressed herself via Twitter saying, “The arson of an official ballot drop box by the Baldwin Park Library in the First District has all the signs of an attempt to disenfranchise voters and call into question the security of our elections.”

In another statement, she asks voters who cast their ballots at that polling station after Oct. 17 at 10:10 a.m. to contact the post office immediately.

According to the sources, so far no arrests have been made and the perpetrators are not known. But police are investigating and tracking images on security cameras.

The Nov. 3 election promises to be the largest mail ballot in the country’s history. Although there was always the possibility of voting by mail, this mechanism has never been used massively. With the excuse of the CCP Virus, the Democrats have conducted a strong campaign promoting absentee voting, arguing that people should avoid public spaces and contact with other people. 

In contrast, the Republicans, with President Trump warn of the danger of fraud that exists in voting by mail. With the U.S. postal system increasingly in disrepair, it is expected that it will collapse quickly and control and security systems will fail in the face of excessive demand.

This news highlights how fragile the postal voting system is with mass mail-in ballots that has not been taken into account previously. In Los Angeles, they will have to be extremely careful, taking into account that there are more than 400 polling stations distributed throughout the city.

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