Last week, the former Democratic mayor of a city in Arizona pleaded guilty to illegal ballot harvesting during the 2020 primary election, lending credence to allegations that the same conduct occurred during the general election.
The Associated Press reports that Guillermina Fuentes, 66, ran a “complex operation” in San Luis, a border city of approximately 33,000 people in Yuma County.
AP reports: “Fuentes and a second woman were indicted in December 2020 on one count of ballot abuse, a practice commonly known as ‘ballot harvesting’ that was made illegal under a 2016 state law,”
She entered a guilty plea on Thursday.
A write-in candidate filmed Fuentes and her co-defendant delivering mail-in ballot envelopes to the cultural center in San Luis, where they were deposited in a ballot drop box.
The write-in candidate reported the delivery to the sheriff of Yuma County, who then began an investigation.
A few days later, the Arizona attorney general’s office assumed control of the criminal investigation and interviewed several voters.
The Associated Press discovered through a request for public records that investigators were only able to link Fuentes to a handful of ballots.
Nonetheless, according to the report, “investigators believe the effort went much further.”
“Attorney general’s office investigator William Kluth wrote in one report that there was some evidence suggesting Fuentes actively canvassed San Luis neighborhoods and collected ballots, in some cases paying for them,” the Associated Press reported.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“The Arizona Republic reported last week that the AG’s office served a search warrant on an employee of the Arizona nonprofit Comité de Bien Estar who also holds political office in San Luis.
That report cited Marco “Tony” Reyes, a Democrat and chairman of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors, who claims Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, is pursuing the case for political profit.
“The search warrant, which Reyes shared photos of with The Arizona Republic, allowed officers to confiscate the phone and search the home of the employee, Gloria Torres, who also is a member of the San Luis City Council,” the Republic reported.
This potential illegal actively squares with the information contained in the Dinesh D’Souza, True the Vote documentary film “2000 Mules” released last month. Read more here… “