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Kanye West Submits Paperwork To Get On The Ballot For President In West Virginia

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Kanye West answers questions during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Houston. On Monday, August 3, 2020, West filed paperwork to get on the ballot to run for president in West Virginia.

Rapper Kanye West officially submitted paperwork to get on West Virginia’s ballot as a candidate for president of the United States — just ahead of a Monday night deadline. 

 

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office said Tuesday that representatives for West delivered 15,000 signatures late Monday as part of the process to get a third-party candidate’s name on the November ballot. He also filed the required certificate of candidacy.

 

State election law requires an independent candidate to provide signatures of one percent of the total vote cast in the previous election for the same office — or in this case, 7,300 signatures — from registered voters. The Secretary of State’s office says it is in the process of validating the signatures through county clerks.

 

West launched a late, third-party bid for the Oval Office when he announced his candidacy on July 4, 2020 on Twitter.

 

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States [emoji of U.S. Flag]! #2020VISION,” he wrote.

 

Citing West’s erratic behavior such as falsely stating that abolitionist Harriet Tubman did not free slaves, his wife Kim Kardashian has recently made social media posts about her husband’s bipolar diagnosis. 

 

Kardashian has asked for “compassion and empathy” for the rapper. 

 

West has worked to meet each state’s requirements to run in the 2020 election. To date, he has only gained access to the ballot in Oklahoma and did not meet deadlines or requirements in several other states. 

 


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