ARIZONA NEWS

2 more Arizona women charged with harvesting small number of 2020 primary ballots

Oct 20, 2022, 12:00 PM

(Facebook File Photo/Yuma County Clerk and Recorder)...

(Facebook File Photo/Yuma County Clerk and Recorder)

(Facebook File Photo/Yuma County Clerk and Recorder)

PHOENIX – Two southwestern Arizona women were indicted earlier this month for allegedly harvesting a small number of ballots during the 2020 primary election, authorities said Wednesday.

A state grand jury charged Gloria Lopez Torres and Nadia Guadalupe Lizarraga-Mayorquin, aka Nadia Buchanan, with conspiracy and ballot abuse on Oct. 3, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced.

Both women are from San Luis, and Torres is a council member in the Yuma County city.

Torres is accused of collecting seven ballots from Lizarraga-Mayorquin, who allegedly collected at least one ballot from another person, according to the indictments.

Early ballots can only be legally collected in Arizona by a voter’s family member, household member or caregiver. Prohibited ballot harvesting is a class 6 felony.

Last week, two other San Luis women were sentenced after previously pleading guilty in ballot harvesting cases.

Guillermina Fuentes, a school board member who was the small border town’s mayor for several years in the 2000s, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years’ probation, with the judge saying he did not think she had accepted responsibility for her crime.

Fuentes collected the four completed mail ballots from acquaintances and gave them to co-defendant Alma Juarez while working a table outside a polling place where she was urging people to vote for a slate of city council candidates. Juarez carried them inside and put them in a ballot drop-off bin.

Juarez pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 12 months’ probation.

Despite efforts by Republicans who have rallied around the possibility of widespread voting fraud in the 2020 election to paint the Fuentes case as a sign of rampant voting fraud, there’s no sign her illegal ballot collection went beyond the small-town politics she was involved in.

In total, cases involving the four San Luis women involved 12 known ballots for the August 2020 primary election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Jose “ET” Rivera, owner of Tres Leches Cafe, speaks during a rally against an Arizona immigrati...

Martin Dreyfuss/Cronkite News

Arizona business owners rally against bill requiring E-Verify checks for jobs, benefits

Arizona business owners rallied Monday against an immigration bill they say will drive businesses and workers out of the state.

1 hour ago

Traffic backed up near Quartzsite...

KTAR.com

Eastbound I-10 temporarily closed near Arizona-California border due to fiery crash

Eastbound Interstate 10 near the Arizona-California border was temporarily closed after a fiery crash Tuesday morning, authorities said.

2 hours ago

Tiana Hodges mugshot...

KTAR.com

Woman arrested in fatal Phoenix apartment complex shooting

A woman was arrested Monday for allegedly fatally shooting a man at an apartment complex in Phoenix, authorities said. 

3 hours ago

Middle class is shrinking, lower case is growing, Valley economist says...

KTAR.com

Middle-class Americans may not be able to afford a home, Valley economist says

Why is the middle class shrinking? Is the U.S. economy growing? Valley economist Jim Rounds answered these questions on Monday.

4 hours ago

Peoria Arts and Culture Festival 2024...

KTAR.com

Peoria Arts and Cultural Festival to bring food, games, activities and more this weekend

Celebrate art, culture, food, games and music this weekend at the family-friendly Peoria Arts and Cultural Festival.

5 hours ago

Side by side image of teacher and his quarters....

KTAR.com

Avondale elementary school teacher wins Bruce and Gaydos’ teacher tribute

A West Valley elementary school teacher was named KTAR News 92.3 FM's Outspoken with Bruce and Gaydos' Pay Tribute to a Teacher winner for January.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

...

Sanderson Ford

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

2 more Arizona women charged with harvesting small number of 2020 primary ballots