US Elections: Kanye West Disqualified From Running In 5 States After Missing Deadline

Kanye West Presidential Rally OnoBello (2)According to multiple international media, Kanye West has been taken off the ballot in five US states following rulings issued by election officials on Friday August 21.

Election officials in Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia ruled that the rapper, who announced in July he was running for president as an independent, didn’t qualify to appear on their state ballots barely a day after officials in Wisconsin and Montana declared him ineligible.

In Ohio, he was disqualified because information and a signature on a nominating petition and statement of candidacy for the rapper and running mate Michelle Tidball didn’t match the paperwork used to gather needed voter signatures, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a release.

In Illinois his home state, the State Board of Elections voted 8-0 on Friday that he’s ineligible for the ballot there because he lacked the 2,500 valid signatures needed, spokesman Matt Dietrich said. About 1,300 signatures were determined not to be genuine or the signer wasn’t registered at the address shown, Dietrich said.

Election officials in West Virginia determined that West’s campaign had only 6,383 of the 7,144 valid signatures needed to qualify, said Jennifer Gardner, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s office. He is however qualified to appear on the ballot in at least Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont.

This is coming amid reports of West being helped by Republican lawyers or operatives with the hope that he could siphon votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden to help President Donald Trump’s re-election bid.

Kanye West’s campaign is also reportedly on the rocks as he missed another important deadline in his presidential run. TMZ reports that he is required by FEC rules to file a financial report if he raises or spends $100k on his campaign, but they gathered that the filing deadline was on August 20 and the agency was yet to receive his.

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