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Police: Man tried to set fire in Colorado Springs ballot box

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Police in Colorado Springs need help finding a man, who tried to insert a flaming piece of paper into a ballot box outside of Centennial Hall on South Cascade Avenue.

Colorado Springs Police said it happened on October 28th. Investigators were called the morning after the incident to review surveillance video.

"We were notified by El Paso County security, saying they had video of an individual who had lit a piece of paper on fire the night before," Lt. James Sokolik said.

According to police, a man walked up to the ballot box with a rolled up piece of paper he lit on fire. The man put the flaming paper inside the ballot box, but it self-extinguished once it was inside.

"Good news is there is no damage to any of the ballots."

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office also confirmed to KRDO that none of the ballots were damaged. They said the ballot box itself is designed to withstand these types of incidents, as air-tight containers with low oxygen levels.

Police said this is the only incident in Colorado Springs they are aware of at this time.

"What we're asking the public's help for, is identifying this individual."

If found, the suspect would face charges of tampering with a ballot box, a felony crime.

If you have information, call 719-444-7000.

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