Kansas GOP lawmaker facing probe changes voter registration

A Kansas congressman being investigated for registering to vote at a UPS store has changed his registratration to list a Topeka apartment complex as his residence

TOPEKA, Kan. -- A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home.

Some Republicans in Watkins' eastern Kansas district already are trying to oust him. The freshman congressman faces a challenge in the GOP primary in August 2020 from State Treasurer Jake LaTurner, who jumped into the race after former GOP Gov. Jeff Colyer urged him to do so.

Watkins spokesman Dylan Jones has said listing the UPS store as Watkins' residence was an inadvertent mistake.

His new registration form leaves blank a box for saying when the residence at the apartment complex was established, and Jones has not responded to messages from the AP seeking his move-in date. The form also doesn't list an apartment number.

The sheriff's office did not immediately return a telephone message seeking an update on its investigation. It would turn its findings over to Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay. Both Kagay and Sheriff Brian Hill also are Republicans.


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