Ballot harvesting is a controversial process of gathering ballots. As Fox News states:
“Ballot harvesting, or the practice of allowing political operatives and others to collect voters’ ballots and turn them in en masse to polling stations,”
The most controversial aspect of the process is that it is not an operation generally involving blood relatives and kin. It allows political operatives to manipulate the process, or so critics allege.
As Fox notes, there is bipartisan opposition to ballot harvesting — although the right-wing is consistently opposed to it, especially after the 2020 election. There are examples of right-wing ballot harvesting — including a 2019 arrest relating to it. But the Left makes even more abundant use of the method — a 2018 example effectively eroded early GOP leads in California counties. All in all, the process is divisive, and people hold diverse perspectives on it — especially as it relates to the outcome of the 2020 election.
But new evidence, uncovered by the Associated Press, relates to the use of ballot harvesting in San Luis in the year 2020. And the results are startling. As AP reports:
“An Arizona woman indicted in 2020 on accusations of illegally collecting ballots apparently ran a sophisticated operation using her status as a well-known Democratic operative in the border city of San Luis…
Guillermina Fuentes, 66, 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. Additional charges of conspiracy, forgery, and an additional ballot abuse charge were added last October.”
She was arrested for ballot harvesting in the 2020 Democrat primaries — not the general elections. She operated in a largely Mexican American community, where she used her influence to point others to give her their ballots. Yet, the AP does connect the evidence to Trump’s charges in the 2020 election:
“Republicans have rallied around the possibility of widespread voting fraud in the 2020 election where former President Donald Trump was defeated. They’ve pointed to the charges against Fuentes as part of a broader pattern in battleground states.”
While fewer than twelve ballots are directly linked to Fuentes, many contend the scheme goes much farther, as it was caught on video — outside the culture center no less:
“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.”
We look forward to seeing more of the evidence. All in all, whatever you think of ballot harvesting, it is worthwhile to investigate, wherever it is found.