Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced in a Wednesday press release that his office indicted two individuals for an alleged ballot harvesting scheme in Yuma County.
The press release states:
“Gloria Lopez Torres of San Luis, and Nadia Guadalupe Lizarraga-Mayorquin of San Luis, also known as Nadia Buchanan, have been charged by the State Grand Jury with Conspiracy and Ballot Abuse arising from an alleged ‘ballot harvesting’ scheme where early ballots from other voters were collected and deposited into a ballot box on primary Election Day, August 4, 2020. The City of San Luis held municipal elections on that date.”
Torres reportedly collected seven ballots from Lizarraga-Mayorquin, who collected at least one ballot from a third party, ultimately violating Arizona law allowing only family members, household members, and caregivers of a voter to collect ballots. Ballot harvesting is considered a class 6 felony under state law, the press release added.
As midterm elections approach, election integrity advocates are taking additional steps to secure voting, especially as several states identify inconsistencies and irregularities related to voter rolls.
As reported by RSBN, the election integrity group, Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed six lawsuits in several Minnesota counties after detecting 515 duplicate registrants on the state’s voter rolls.
PILF President J. Christian Adams told Just the News that one duplicate voter is a convicted child sex offender residing in a mental hospital who “managed to cast two ballots in the 2020 election.”
In Colorado, Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office sent roughly 30,000 voter registration postcards to noncitizens, per RSBN. The secretary of state’s office brushed off the incident as a “database glitch,” clarifying that noncitizens are prohibited from registering to vote.
Furthermore, Pennsylvania’s acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman bypassed a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, directing election officials to continue counting undated ballot envelopes.
Although the high court vacated an order by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which allowed the state to count mail-in ballots that were not dated, Chapman argued that the ruling “was not based on the merits of the issue and does not affect the prior decision of Commonwealth Court in any way,” Fox News reported.
“It provides no justification for counties to exclude ballots based on a minor omission, and we expect that counties will continue to comply with their obligation to count all legal votes,” Chapman continued.
The Republican National Committee and the Pennsylvania Republican Party have taken action against Chapman, filing a lawsuit with Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, requesting that it invalidate the State Department’s order of counting undated ballots, per RSBN.