While Trump decries Democrat voter fraud, GOP State Rep Steve Watkins charged with 3 felonies related to voter fraud

Kansas news outlet KSNT reported on Tuesday that State Congressional Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS) is being charged with three felonies relating to voter fraud. The charges follow on from an investigation that started in December.

The charges include providing false information to law enforcement, voting without being qualified, and unlawful advance voting.

In 2017, Watkins used a West Topeka address on one of his voter forms, but in August 2018, he used an address in Southeast Topeka. Then, on three different voter forms in 2019, Watkins listed a Topeka UPS store as his address. It was a location where he had his mail sent, according to Newsweek.

“Watkins came under investigation by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office after allegations that he listed a Topeka UPS store for his address when voting in the 2019 general election,” said the report. “The investigation was delayed significantly due to the coronavirus shutdown, Kagay said. But his office maintained constant contact with the sheriff’s office and received regular updates on the gathering of documents and statements.”

The Kansas City Star reported in 2019 that other GOP officials in Kansas and in Washington were pushing Watkins to resign, however Watkins denied the allegations at the time.

Watkins was scheduled to attend a primary debate held by KSNT Tuesday night, however the news surfaced within a half hour of the debate’s scheduled start.