Iowa First Lady Convicted in Election Scam

After a lengthy trial, Kim Phuong Taylor, wife of Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, has been found guilty of 52 counts of voter fraud. The verdict was delivered by a federal jury in Sioux City on Tuesday, concluding a case that has been making headlines since the 2020 primary election.

Taylor’s fraudulent activities began during her husband’s campaign for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. In her efforts to help her husband secure the Republican nomination, she engaged in a ballot-stuffing scheme that involved approaching voters of Vietnamese heritage who had limited English comprehension. Taylor would fill out and sign election forms and ballots on behalf of them and their English-speaking children, without their knowledge or consent.

According to prosecutors, Taylor was responsible for dozens of fraudulent voter registrations, absentee ballot requests, and absentee ballots containing false information. She even went as far as telling others that they could sign on behalf of relatives who were not present. It was only when two Iowa State University students from Sioux City requested absentee ballots, only to discover that ballots had already been cast in their names, that Woodbury County election officials became aware of the potential voter fraud.

The Woodbury County Auditor, Pat Gill, who also serves as an election commissioner, held onto the fraudulent absentee ballots and alerted the authorities. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the handwriting on the ballots in question appeared to be similar, raising suspicion of potential fraud.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Evans, who was part of the team that prosecuted Taylor, stated that most cases of voter fraud typically involve a single voter casting a ballot in someone else’s name. However, in Taylor’s case, she was found to have voted dozens of times for several individuals, making her actions especially rare and concerning.

Despite Taylor’s claims that her actions were intended to help her husband’s campaign, the court ruled that her actions were a blatant violation of election laws and an attempt to manipulate the results for personal gain. Her husband, Jeremy Taylor, ultimately lost the primary election, but was able to secure a seat on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors in the general election.

Kim Phuong Taylor now faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each of the 52 counts of voter fraud. This verdict serves as a warning that election fraud will not be tolerated and that those who attempt to manipulate the democratic process will be held accountable for their actions.

In a time when concerns about election integrity are at an all-time high, this case highlights the need for increased measures to ensure the security and accuracy of the voting process. The Woodbury County Prosecutor’s Office is urging voters to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity that may suggest voter fraud. They also remind the public that, despite this rare case, instances of actual voter fraud are extremely rare and should not be used to undermine the trust in our democratic process.

As Kim Phuong Taylor awaits her sentencing, the Taylor family’s political ambitions have been tarnished by this scandal. The Woodbury County community, and the entire state of Iowa, are left to reflect on the damage that can be done when individuals choose to distort and manipulate the very foundation of our democracy.