The wife of a candidate for office in Iowa was convicted on 52 federal charges of voter fraud after enlisting Vietnamese immigrants to fraudulently fill out absentee ballots, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Kim Phuong Taylor is the wife of Jeremy Taylor, formerly a member of the Iowa House of Representatives and a candidate for the Republican nomination for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District in 2020. While her husband was campaigning, Kim Taylor, who immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam, approached multiple Vietnamese voters who spoke little English to fill out absentee ballots for themselves and their children in her husband’s favor, according to the press release.
“The right to vote is one of our most important constitutional rights. Ms. Taylor deprived citizens of their right to vote in order to benefit her husband’s campaign,” said Timothy Duax, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, whose office prosecuted the case, to SiouxlandProud.com, a local news organization. “The guilty verdict is an example of how the justice system works to protect the voting rights of citizens and ensure fair and honest elections.”