Arizona former Democratic mayor gets 30 days in jail for 'ballot abuse' during 2020 election

Official also received two years' probation.

Updated: October 14, 2022 - 7:43am

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A Democratic politician in Arizona has received a month in jail for her participation in a ballot-harvesting scheme in Arizona during the 2020 election. 

Guillermina Fuentes, the Democratic former mayor of San Luis, Az., pleaded guilty in June to ballot harvesting during the 2020 election season, specifically during the August 2020 primary season. 

Fuentes this week received a 30-day sentence for that crime, as well as two years' worth of probation. 

Yuma County Superior Court Judge Roger Nelson handed down the sentence in part, he said, because Fuentes herself seemed unrepentant, declaring at one point that she was "not a criminal."

“Well, you are a criminal,” Nelson said during the sentencing. “You committed a criminal offense. I don’t think you recognize that as a criminal offense. That’s the problem that I have.”

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