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Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins charged in voter fraud case

2020-07-17

Rep. Steve Watkins of Kansas was charged on Tuesday in a voter fraud investigation.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced the charges against Watkins, a 42-year-old first-term Republican, which included providing false information and voting without being qualified.

Watkins was readying for a TV debate against Republican primary challengers when the charges were filed.

The charges stem from allegations that Watkins voted in the wrong City Council district in Topeka, Kan., in 2019 and used a UPS store address as his registration address.

Watkins’ office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily News.

But Watkins called the timing of the charges “hyper political” and “very suspicious,” according to the Kansas City Star. According to the newspaper, he said, “I look forward to clearing my name.”

Watkins assumed office in January of 2019.