Two women in Arizona charged with felony crimes related to illegal ‘ballot harvesting’ in 2020 election

To hear Democrats and the media tell it, the 2020 election was the most secure in history with no evidence of any sort of fraud whatsoever, but that, of course, isn’t exactly the case.

Two women from Arizona’s Yuma County were just indicted this week on felony charges of conspiracy and “ballot abuse” for allegedly conducting a so-called “ballot harvesting” scheme during the 2020 primary election, the Conservative Brief reported.

Ballot harvesting, the act of collecting and submitting voted or unvoted early absentee ballots on behalf of others, is a felony crime in Arizona under a 2016 law that has only recently begun to be enforced and prosecuted.

Ballot harvesting is illegal in Arizona

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) announced in a press release Wednesday that grand jury indictments had been issued for Gloria Lopez Torres and Nadia Guadalupe Lizarraga-Mayorquin, also known as Nadia Buchanan, both of the border community of San Luis.

The two women are charged with “Conspiracy and Ballot Abuse arising from an alleged ‘ballot harvesting’ scheme where early ballots from other voters were collected and deposited into a ballot box on primary Election Day, August 4, 2020,” the release stated.

The indictment alleged that Torres had collected at least seven ballots from Lizarraga-Mayorquin, who in turn is alleged to have collected at least one ballot from another third party.

Per Arizona law, it is a Class 6 Felony for anyone other than a “family member, household member, or caregiver of the voter” to collect or submit on their behalf a voted or unvoted early ballot for another voter.

Interestingly enough, the release noted that San Luis held its municipal elections during that primary Election Day in August, and The Epoch Times noted that Torres is currently a sitting elected member of the San Luis City Council.

Two other women pleaded guilty to the same crime weeks earlier

Nor was this an isolated incident, as the Associated Press reported just two weeks ago how two other women in San Luis had already pleaded guilty to illegal ballot harvesting and were the first to be prosecuted under that 2016 law.

Guillermina Fuentes, a former mayor of the city who now sits on the local school board, asked the court for leniency after acknowledging that she had collected at least four ballots from others in the same primary election in August 2020. The other woman, Alma Juarez, had also pleaded guilty but saw her charge reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor after she had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Prosecutors alleged in court that Fuentes had abused her status as a Democratic politician to convince other voters to allow her to collect, and even fill out in some instances, and submit their early ballots ahead of the primary election. Additional charges of conspiracy and forgery were ultimately dropped, however, and Fuentes was only prosecuted for the four ballots that she was caught on video inspecting and submitting to a ballot drop box.

To be sure, only a handful of individuals have been caught and prosecuted for fraudulent electoral activities, but the odds are exceedingly great that there are many other fraudsters out there who have escaped notice and, barring substantive election integrity reforms, will continue to fraudulently impact local, state, and even federal elections going forward, despite insistent claims to the contrary from Democrats and their media allies.

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