We've done several posts on this jerk from Kansas, a clown so bad that even Republicans want to rid themselves of him, with several planning to run against Watkins in 2020. From the myriad scandals surrounding Watkins, from financial impropriety, to allegations of sexual assault, Watkins has been a big mess and a headache for Republicans from the moment he announced he was running for Congress. It'd certainly be ironic that the thing that took him down, when all the other problems did not, was this gross bit of stupidity and/or fraud and perjury.
Source: Topeka Capital-Journal
U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins’ decision to sign a Kansas voter registration form and two other election documents that asserted his residential address was a UPS Store in Topeka could constitute felony voter fraud under federal law and election perjury under state statute, officials said Tuesday.
Shawnee County records show the first-term Republican listed his official residence as 6021 S.W. 29th St. in Topeka, which corresponds to a UPS Store, when he signed a form to change his residency for voter registration purposes in August, signed an application for a mail-in ballot in October and signed a document to complete advance voting for the November election.
It isn’t clear where the congressman physically resided in Kansas after August nor what Topeka precinct he was legally qualified to be part of when voting in November. By asserting his place of residence to be the UPS Store, Watkins left the Topeka City Council’s 5th District for the city council’s 8th District. He then cast a November ballot in an 8th District contest decided by 13 votes.
Jim Joice, Watkins’ chief of staff, said questions about the residency issue posed by The Topeka Capital-Journal led to a staff review of the congressman’s voter registration. He said Watkins mistakenly portrayed his residence to be the UPS building.
And what is Watkins facing, if convicted?
Under state law, election perjury would constitute a level nine nonperson felony punishable by up to seven months in prison and a fine of $100,000. The penalty in federal law could be five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for people guilty of willfully giving false information about an address when establishing eligibility for registration.
Steve Watkins official residence in Kansas's Second District as declared on his voter registration form.