While many Democrats have routinely dismissed the possibility that an election could be tainted by fraud, a recent indictment suggests the danger is real.
According to Breitbart, an Iowa Republican woman stands accused of committing voter fraud in 2020.
Wife candidate said to have falsified absentee ballots
The Department of Justice (DOJ) asserted in a press release put out this past Thursday that 49-year-old Sioux City resident Kim Phuong Taylor carried out fraud schemes in two elections on behalf of her husband, Jeremy Taylor.
They consisted of her having “submitted or caused others to submit dozens of voter registrations, absentee ballot request forms, and absentee ballots containing false information.”
Specifically, authorities contend that Taylor frequently forged signatures on absentee ballots and ballot request forms while having others do so as well.
She is said to have initially done this in the June 4, 2020 Republican primary race for Iowa’s 4th U.S. Congressional District.
The seat had been held by former Republican Rep. Steve King, who faced sharp criticism for comments he made about white supremacy in 2019.
NPR reported that then Republican state Sen. Randy Feenstra ultimately prevailed in the 2020 GOP primary and subsequently won in that year’s general election.
“I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support over the past 17 months that made tonight possible and I thank Congressman King for his decades of public service,” Feenstra was quoted as saying in the wake of his primary win.
“As we turn to the general election, I will remain focused on my plans to deliver results for the families, farmers and communities of Iowa,” he added.
Taylor faces prospect of decades behind bars
After Taylor’s husband proved to be unsuccessful in his congressional primary campaign, the defendant is alleged to have then employed similar tactics in helping secure his election as a Woodbury County Supervisor.
While Taylor’s husband had previously held a seat on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors, KTIV reported that his residency and voter registration was challenged in December 2019.
This action came after it became known that he had acquired a second home outside of his district and resulted in Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill disqualifying Taylor from holding the seat.
The DOJ press release explained that Mrs. Taylor “is charged by indictment with 26 counts of providing false information in registering and voting, three counts of fraudulent registration, and 23 counts of fraudulent voting. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each count.”