Kanye West Loses Battle To Be On Virginia Ballot
Kanye West is off of one more ballot, after a judge ruled that his filing was invalid. West began his campaign late, and missed deadlines for several states, but still made it onto the Presidential Election ballot in several states. However, in several states, he’s accused of submitting paperwork late, and/or with invalid signatures.
Kanye West tweeted just two weeks ago to celebrate being on the ballot in ten states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Praise God … look at all the ballots we’re on On 🕊
— ye (@kanyewest) August 21, 2020
Since then, Kanye has been added to the ballot in Idaho. East Idaho News reported that West submitted his forms in time, with the requisite number (1,000) of signatures from registered voters. According to ABC, he’s also filed the necessary paperwork to be included on the Louisiana ballot, where in lieu of collecting thousands of signatures, a candidate may pay a $500 filing fee.
However, he’s also had some losses. The day before his post, Montana declined to include the rapper on their presidential ballot, citing invalid signatures on his filing. At the same time, Wisconsin’s board of elections ruled that Kanye had missed the filing deadline.
Kanye lists West Virginia as a state where he’ll appear on the ballot — but the same day, WSAZ reported that over 7k of his 13k signatures were invalid — leaving him under the required number of 7,144 valid signatures to be considered a candidate.
Now, he’s also lost Virginia, after a ruling by Judge Joi Taylor, as shared by Courthouse News‘s Brad Kutner on Thursday.
🚨rapper @kanyewest is OFF THE BALLOT IN VIRGINIA🚨
More to come via @CourthouseNews and myself in a bit.
— BK (@BradKutner) September 3, 2020
According to the ruling, 11 of West’s elector oaths as submitted were deemed invalid, as they were “obtained by improper, fraudulent, and/or misleading means,” or due to otherwise not meeting legal requirements.
The result is that Kanye is still on ten ballots: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont. He could still receive write-in votes in other states, though some have deadlines for additional registration and paperwork that may be required for those signatures to be counted.