Politics GOP Rep. Steve Watkins of Kansas was charged in voter fraud investigation

08:51  15 july  2020
08:51  15 july  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Republican Congressman Steve Watkins has been charged with voter fraud relating to the November 2019 election, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Watkins won this district, which lies just west of Kansas City, by less than a point in 2018. Following the announcement of Watkins ’ investigation

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  • The Shawnee County district attorney charged Rep. Steve Watkins of voter fraud, local outlets reported.
  • The allegations stem from Watkins listing a UPS Store address on his mail-in ballot during 2019 local elections.
  • He faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. He has denied the claims and called listing the UPS Store's address an "honest mistake."
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Republican Rep. Steve Watkins of Kansas is being charged in relation to a voter fraud investigation by the district attorney in Shawnee County, Kansas, local outlet KMBC reported.

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One of Watkins ’ opponents has a website questioning his Republican credentials, and another calls him a “ fraud .” Forty local GOP leaders signed a Watkins ’ only history of voting in Kansas was in the November nonpartisan municipal election. He said he was not politically active because of his military

According to the outlet, Watkins was charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor. The three felonies charges are for providing false information, voting without being qualified, and unlawful advance voting. He is also being charged with a misdemeanor for failing to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of a change of address.

WIBW reported that the charges are related to Watkins listing the address for a UPS Store mailbox on his advanced 2019 local elections ballot. Watkins' office previously said it was an "honest mistake" and claimed that the store was used as a mailing address for his campaign, according to WIBW.

District Attorney Michael Kagay said he was aware of the allegations in December 2019, but the investigation was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Steve Watkins (R- KS ) is being charged with three felonies, including providing false information to He also faces a misdemeanor count of failing to notify the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles of a “ Watkins came under investigation by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office after allegations that

A GOP candidate for Congress in Kansas met with Democratic Party officials last year before launching his campaign, but he denies their claims that he ever considered running as Coats recently accused Watkins of being a fraud on social media because of his alleged policy changes since the meeting.

NPR added that registering at the UPS Store address meant that Watkins could vote in a district other than his previous address. "The UPS store falls in a city council district where the election was decided by 13 votes," NPR wrote.

"This is clearly hyper-political. It comes out moments before our first debate and three weeks before the election. I haven't done anything wrong. As soon as I realized that I had put our mailing address instead of my physical address we fixed it. This is very suspicious, seems highly political, we've cooperated with the district attorney completely. I haven't seen the charges. I simply know that I look forward to clearing my name. I've done nothing wrong and look forward to setting the record straight," Watkins said about the investigation on Tuesday at a debate, KMBC reported.

According to KMBC, Watkins' actions could even be considered perjury.

Watkins is running against Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner and Dennis Taylor in the district's GOP primary.

According to NPR, LaTurner said: "It's safe to say that this is now a two-person race. The reality is Steve Watkins needs to take responsibility for what he's done."

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