A rap musician who wants to become the next president of the United States was removed from voting ballots because electoral paperwork arrived late.
Kanye West disappeared from the ballot in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Montana after his election campaign team allegedly submitted his nomination form after the due date.
West has scrambled to gather 2,000 signatures from Wisconsin voters for his nomination but failed to meet the 5 p.m. deadline on Aug. 4. This tardiness did not impress Wisconsin election officials who responded by excluding the self-proclaimed “Birthday Party” candidate from the general election on Nov. 3.
“This is one of the closest call cases I have seen but consistency requires me to treat all candidates the same, regardless of their party or their color or any other characteristics,” Wisconsin Elections Commission Chairman Dean Knudson said according to The Associated Press. “I think the complainants have (presented clear) evidence that he was late.”
West’s campaign attorney, Michael Curran, tried to explain the papers were only lodged 14 seconds late and representatives would have been able to lodge the forms had entry not been restricted due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
Commission employee Cody Davies confirmed the building was indeed locked due to the pandemic and West’s campaign team phoned him a few minutes before 5 p.m. to let them inside the building. By the time they arrived to the commission’s offices, it was already one minute past the deadline and the documents were not organized and handed over until several minutes after according to commission staffer Riley Willman.
Republican Commissioner Robert Spindell had tried to allow the forms to be submitted since they were already inside the building and the pandemic had made it harder for them to be on time.
He also claimed the Democrats have done everything in their power to prevent an African American candidate from appearing on the ballot and the commission should let black voters decide at the polling station—not the Democratic Party.
“We are talking [about] a matter of seconds here,” he said according to the newswire service.
Wisconsin GOP Executive Director Mark Jefferson shares this view and believes West’s disqualification from presidential candidacy is a classic example of Democrats trying to eliminate the competition, so their candidate Joe Biden can collect a higher percentage of the vote.
West is understood to have the option to have the matter heard in court.
The singer also failed to meet the deadline in Montana where election officials confirmed that only 79 percent of the 5,000 voter signatures required for his nomination were valid. Some of the individuals named in the list included “Bernie Sanders” and even “Mickey Mouse,” according to the Business Insider.
Election officials in Illinois and Ohio have similarly found West failed to meet the minimum requirements to appear on the presidential ballot.
“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,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) said in a statement. “There is no doubt that the West nominating petition and declaration of candidacy failed to meet the necessary threshold for certification.”