TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Shawnee County District Attorney Michael Kagay has transferred voting controversy allegations against Congressman Steve Watkins to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.
Watkins is accused of using an address for a local UPS store instead of his home address when voting in the 2019 general election.
Dylan Jones, a spokesman for Watkins, said he listed his mailing address instead of his physical address.
“He lives at the Overlook Apartments off Wanamaker in Topeka. This was inadvertent and both addresses are in the same county and same congressional district, so there was no improper purpose,” Jones said. “The paperwork is being corrected.”
“As with any alleged criminal conduct said to have occurred within Shawnee County, I have requested that local law enforcement investigate the matter. In this instance, I have contacted the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office,” Kagay said.
Once their investigation is complete, the district attorney’s office will review their findings.
The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office has been in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office and has been made aware of the allegations against Congressman Steve Watkins. As with any alleged violation of state law occurring in Shawnee County, this office will undertake an investigation of the matter. Investigators will review the facts thoroughly and objectively and submit a completed investigation for prosecution review. No specific details or further statement will be issued by this Office until the conclusion of the investigation. At this point, there is only an allegation against Congressman Watkins and he is presumed innocent.Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office