Wisconsin Election Officials Keep Kanye West Off Presidential Ballot

Post by: Rick Ellis 20 August, 2020

Rapper/entrepreneur Kanye West's sorta presidential campaign took another hit on Thursday when Wisconsin election officials decided Thursday kept his name off of the ballot.

West announced in July that he was running for president on Twitter, but his campaign has faced a number of challenges, including a seeming lackluster interest in the campaign from the candidate.

His campaign missed filing deadlines in several key states and he hasn't made a campaign appearance in more than a month.

In the case of Wisconsin's ballot, the controversy entered around whether his campaign had delivered the 2,000 necessary signatures required by the deadline required by state law. 

Signatures were to be delivered to the main Wisconsin Elections Commission office by 5:00 p.m. local time on August 4th. The signatures were delivered less than a minute past the deadline, prompting West campaign attorney Michael Curren to argue that the signatures would have gotten to the office on time, except that COVID-19 restrictions slowed down the delivery.

In the end, the commission voted 5-1 against West and his campaign.

"This is one of the closest call cases I've seen but consistency requires me to treat all candidates the same, regardless of their party or their color or any other characteristics," Commissioner Dean Knduson, a Republican, said. "I think the complainants have (presented clear) evidence that he was late."

Last modified on Thursday, 20 August 2020 23:09

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