Kanye West’s presidential ambitions have been thwarted in three more swing states this week, as he failed to qualify for a spot on the ballot in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois. The billionaire rapper and sneaker mogul—who’s admitted that his bid to run for President as an independent is mostly about trying to siphon votes away from Joe Biden—is not the victim of some vast, left-wing conspiracy; he simply didn’t follow the rules.
In his home state of Illinois, the Board of Elections voted eight to zero against the Chicago native after his petition fell 1,300 signatures shy of the necessary 2,500 minimum, the board announced Friday.
The Wisconsin Election Commission voted five to one Thursday to nix the Kanye ticket because his attorneys filed his paperwork one to two minutes after the 5 p.m. August 4 deadline.
“Five o’clock is five o’clock,” Republican Commissioner Dean Knudson said. “Maybe I’m just common sense and not a lawyer.”
In Ohio, a problem with Kanye’s signature will keep him out of the race. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a statement, “Based on a review of the documents submitted by the West campaign, both the information and a signature on the original nominating petition and statement of candidacy submitted to the secretary’s office do not match that of the nominating petition and statement of candidacy that was used to circulate part-petitions.”
LaRose continued, “A signature is the most basic form of authentication and an important, time-honored, security measure to ensure that a candidate aspires to be on the ballot and that a voter is being asked to sign a legitimate petition,” LaRose said. “There is no doubt that the West nominating petition and declaration of candidacy failed to meet the necessary threshold for certification.”
Ever the optimist, West took to Twitter Friday to thank God for all the states where he believes he is on the ballot.
Praise God … look at all the ballots we’re on On 🕊
— ye (@kanyewest) August 21, 2020
While Kanye does appear to have actually made the cut in Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Vermont, Arkansas, and Iowa, he has only filed to run in Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia—and it’s still unclear if he’ll actually be on those ballots.
Earlier this month, West had to give up on New Jersey when his campaign was accused of submitting false voter signatures.
So far, West has also failed to qualify or missed deadlines in Montana, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, and South Carolina.
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