Iowa official’s wife is arrested on voter fraud charges

CBS News reports that law enforcement in Iowa has just arrested the wife of a government official on 52 counts of voter fraud. 

The woman has been identified as 49-year-old Kim Phuong Taylor, the wife of Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor (R).

This information comes from a federal indictment that was unsealed on Thursday.

The charges that Taylor is facing stem from two 2020 elections: her husband’s unsuccessful congressional bid for Iowa’s 4th District and her husband’s successful re-election to the county board.

The allegations

The Sioux City Journal reports that Taylor allegedly “approached Sioux City residents with Vietnamese backgrounds who had limited ability to read and understand English and offered to help them vote.”

The outlet states that “she helped those people fill out voter registration forms or filled them out herself and submitted them to the county auditor’s office.”

In addition to this, the Journal reports:

Taylor also is accused of signing absentee ballot request forms for residents who were not present or told residents they could sign the forms for other family members, a violation of a registration affidavit in which applicants swear they are the person named on the form.

Finally, Taylor, according to the Journal, is accused of having:

. . . visited numerous households in the Vietnamese community to encourage them to fill out their absentee ballots, in some cases filling out the ballot and signing the accompanying affidavits for people who were not present or telling family members they could sign on their behalf. Taylor then delivered the ballots to the auditor’s office . . .

According to NPR, Pat Gill, Woodbury County’s auditor and election commissioner, notified the Iowa secretary of state that voter fraud might be taking place after someone contacted his office whose name had fraudulently been put on a ballot in 2020. This is what eventually led to Taylor.

“Not guilty”

Taylor was arrested on Thursday.

She is facing 26 counts of providing false information in registering and voting, 23 counts of fraudulent voting, and three counts of fraudulent registration.

Taylor has pled “not guilty” to the charges. She has since been released on a personal recognizance bond.

Taylor’s trial is scheduled to begin on March 20 at the U.S. District Court in Sioux City. There is a maximum prison sentence of five years for each count. Accordingly, she is facing 260 years behind bars.

Taylor’s husband has not been implicated in his wife’s actions – he is not believed to have done anything wrong.