Iowa Republican activist found guilty of voter fraud

Photos from Kim Taylor and Mike Pence's Facebook pages.

By Ty Rushing

November 21, 2023

A Sioux City Republican activist was found guilty of 52 charges of voter fraud by a 12-person federal jury on Tuesday.

According to federal court documents, Kim Phuong Taylor, 49, of Sioux City concocted various election schemes in 2020 to get her husband, Jeremy Taylor, elected, including voting on ballots herself for members of Sioux City’s Vietnamese community.

Jeremy Taylor, a Republican, represents District 3 on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.

Kim Taylor, who was born in Vietnam, approached members of the Sioux City Vietnamese community and offered to help them vote. Some of these people had limited ability to read and understand English.

Taylor would visit the homes of these Vietnamese community members and bring voter registration forms and absentee ballot forms and, in some cases, fill them out on their behalf.

According to the Sioux City Journal, Taylor also used people’s ballots to cast votes for Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election. The Journal reports that one of the people Taylor forged a ballot for was a registered Democrat and he testified that he “had no intention of voting for Donald Trump in that election.”

Taylor will be sentenced at a later date and faces five years in prison on each count of voter fraud, according to Siouxland Public Media.

Jeremey Taylor has not been charged but has been named an unindicted co-conspirator.

Kim Taylor tried to help her husband get elected in two separate elections in 2020.

That year, Jeremy Taylor was a part of a five-man Republican primary race in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, which included then-Rep. Steve King and future Rep. Randy Feenstra. Kim Taylor is accused of arranging votes in this race on behalf of her husband.

Feenstra won the primary and would go on to win the general election that year.

In the midst of Jeremy Taylor’s congressional run, he served as the Woodbury County District 2 Supervisor but was forced to resign from that seat after a January 2020 investigation conducted by the Woodbury County Auditor’s Office determined he was actually living in District 3.

However, Jeremy Taylor was selected by a Woodbury County Republican panel to run for the District 3 Supervisor seat in the 2020 general election and Kim Taylor is accused of using the same tactics she did during the primary election in that race as well.

Jeremey Taylor was successfully elected to his District 3 supervisor seat in fall 2020.

  • Ty Rushing

    Ty Rushing is the Chief Political Correspondent for Iowa Starting Line. He is a trail-blazing veteran Iowa journalist, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and co-founder and president of the Iowa Association of Black Journalists. Send tips or story ideas to [email protected] and find him on social media @Rushthewriter.

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