Former GOP lawmaker signs agreement to avoid prosecution for felony voter fraud
First time candidate Steve Watkins is the GOP nominee in Kansas' 2nd congressional district (Fox News screengrab)

On Tuesday, The Kansas City Star reported that former Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS) has entered into a "diversion agreement" with prosecutors to avoid felony charges on three counts of voter fraud.

"Watkins, a Topeka Republican who served one term in the U.S. House, faced three felony charges related to voting in the wrong Topeka city council district in the 2019 municipal election," reported Brian Lowry. "Watkins used the address of a UPS store for his voter registration. In addition to charges of voting illegally, Watkins was accused of interference with law enforcement for lying to a Shawnee County detective who investigated the matter."

"I regret the error in my voter registration paperwork that led to these charges," said Watkins in a statement. "I fully cooperated from the beginning and had no intent to deceive any one (sic), at any time. I am glad to resolve the ordeal."

Even before that scandal was made public, Watkins was facing pressure from Republican lawmakers in Kansas to resign. He ultimately lost the 2020 primary for a second term to then-Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner, who went on to be elected in November.