Kansas Republican Representative Steve Watkin
Dateline: TOPEKA, Kan. Shawnee Co.
District Attorney Mike Kagay said Tuesday he filed four counts against Watkins: Interference with Law Enforcement, Providing False Information; Voting without being Qualified; Unlawful Advance Voting; and Failing to Notify the DMV of Change of Address. The first three are felonies, while the last is a misdemeanor.
The charges are related to the 2019 local elections. Watkins used a UPS store address on his registration. At the time, Watkins office said it was an honest mistake – that he used the store as a mailing address for his campaign. He later changed it to an apartment complex off SW Huntoon and Wanamaker, in Topeka, Kansas.
The Topeka Republican called the charges “clearly hyper political,” at the beginning of the debate.
“I haven’t done anything wrong,” Watkins said. “As soon as I realized I put my mailing address instead of my physical address, we fixed it.”