New document outlines Congressman Watkins’ voter fraud investigation

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U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Congressman Steve Watkins told a detective he “moves a lot” and “did not intent to mislead anyone” by listing an incorrect address on his voter registration, according to a charging affidavit.

Prosecutors used the document to file three felony charges against him weeks before a contentious primary election.

Watkins listed a Topeka UPS store for his address when voting in the 2019 general election.

The detective lists the following information to justify her findings, which KSNT News obtained Wednesday:

  • Watkins said he didn’t remember changing his address or signing an advanced ballot application.
  • Watkins signed a voter application that indicates it is a felony crime to list a false residence.
  • Watkins said his advanced ballot application did not include his handwriting or signature.
  • Watkins said “he would have authorized a staffer to complete” his advanced ballot application for him.
  • Watkins did not remember signing the envelope used to return the ballot.
  • Watkins said he was aware his vote was cast in the wrong city council district, but he did not vote for that race.

Watkins is charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor that relate to the 2019 local election:

  • Interference with law enforcement, providing false information
  • Voting without being qualified
  • Unlawful advance voting
  • Failing to notify the DMV of change of address

You can read the full affidavit below.

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