Records show coordinated Arizona ballot collection scheme
Records obtained by The Associated Press show an Arizona woman who was indicted in 2020 on accusations of illegally collecting ballots apparently ran a sophisticated operation that partially relied on her status as a well-known Democratic operative.
Authorities say 66-year-old Guillermina Fuentes persuaded voters in the border city of San Luis to let her collect and in some cases fill out their ballots.
Fuentes and a second woman were indicted in December 2020 on one count of ballot abuse.
The practice commonly known as “ballot harvesting” was made illegal under a 2016 state law.
Charges of conspiracy, forgery and an additional ballot abuse charge were added last October.