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No ballots damaged after someone appeared to put on fire paper in ballot box before election

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Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 10:28 AM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - No ballots were damaged after someone appeared to put an on fire paper in a ballot box before the election.

On October 29th, Colorado Springs officers responded to activity at a ballot box where someone appeared to place an on fire paper in the box. The El Paso County Clerk & Recorders office verified no ballots were damaged.

Police tell us this was the ballot box just outside Centennial Hall in Downtown Colorado Springs, near the DMV.

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder issued KKTV this statement about the situation:

“Our office is vigilant in securing the integrity of our elections. The mail ballot system is proven to be the Gold Standard nationally and safeguarding the ballot boxes is tantamount to ensuring voters have confidence their voice will be heard. We have zero tolerance for any person who attempts to disenfranchise voters participating in the election and violate the trust they have placed in our election system. You can be assured perpetrators who seek to disrupt the election process by tampering with ballot boxes will be prosecuted.”

CSPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. If you have any information, call (719) 444-7000.

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