Ariz. woman convicted of ballot harvesting sentenced to jail time

PROVO, UT - November 6: A employee at the Utah County Election office puts mail in ballots into a container to register the vote in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Provo, Utah. Utah early voting has been the highest ever in Utah's midterm elections. One of the main proportions on the ballot in Utah is whether Utah will legalize medical marijuana. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
A employee at the Utah County Election office puts mail in ballots into a container to register the vote in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11:07 AM PT – Tuesday, October 18, 2022

An Arizona woman who was convicted of ballot harvesting has been sentenced to jail time.

A Yuma County Superior Court judge recently ordered Guillermina Fuentes, a 66-year-old school board member and the former mayor of the small border city of San Luis, to serve 30 days behind bars and two years’ probation.

Fuentes pleaded guilty in June to a felony charge for her role in a ballot harvesting scheme in which she illegally collected ballots she was not authorized to possess. Her attorney’s sought probation without jail time. Still, during her sentencing, the presiding Judge Roger Nelson expressed doubts over whether Fuentes had fully taken responsibility for committing a crime.

“The defendant acknowledged responsibility for carrying ballots for someone else,” he said. “However, she stated, ‘I’m not a criminal.’”

Fuentes was ordered to begin her sentence last weekend. She is not eligible for an early release.