- Kim Phuong Taylor was arrested Thursday and charged with multiple voter fraud charges.
- Prosecutors say Taylor cheated 23 times for her husband in the 2020 election.
- Her husband, Jeremy Taylor, is an elected Republican.
The wife of an Iowa Republican running for Congress in 2020 was arrested Thursday and charged with rigging 23 votes on her husband’s behalf.
In the 11-page indictment, prosecutors said Kim Fong Taylor “visited numerous homes within the Vietnamese community of Woodbury County” and held absentee ballots for those who were not present at the time. Taylor, who was born in Vietnam, filled out and voted ballots himself, the indictment alleges, and “conducted ballots in the names of residents who did not know and did not agree to vote.” caused it,” he claims.
Taylor is also accused of signing voter registration forms on behalf of residents who weren’t in attendance. Prosecutors allege she was involved in her 26 counts of giving false information and voting, her three counts of registration fraud, and 23 counts of voter fraud. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison for her.
The prosecutor’s purported aim was to elect her husband, Republican politician Jeremy Taylor, to public office.
Jeremy Taylor is running for the 2020 Republican primary for Iowa’s 4th congressional district. At the time, it was headed by Steve King, a far-right politician with ties to white supremacists. Taylor ended up finishing his third place with just over 6,400 votes.
However, Taylor had more success in the fall 2020 general election, running as the Republican candidate for the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The two met while Jeremy Taylor was teaching at a university in Vietnam, according to his official biography.
Kim Taylor’s court-appointed attorney, John P. Greer, declined to comment on behalf of his client. She is currently out on bail, according to court documents.
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