Rapper Kanye West will run on the Minnesota ballot as a third party presidential candidate in the November election, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
What musician Kanye West had announced as a wish a few weeks ago became official on Tuesday as a real event. West will be on the Minnesota ballot in November as a presidential candidate, CBS Minnesota revealed.
In early July, West surprised his Twitter audience by announcing his desire to run as a candidate in a tweet that read, “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!”.
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 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
Last week, the deadline for filing the necessary papers to participate in the elections as an independent party was met. A few hours before the closing of the ballots, representatives of rapper Kanye West presented the documents for West to be included on the November Minnesota ballot as a third party presidential candidate. According to a spokeswoman for Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, the review could take about 10 days.
Third-party presidential candidates need 2,000 valid signatures to appear on the November 3 ballot, and authorities must check that those signatures are real and legal. So far, five other third-party candidates have run, although it is not immediately clear how many have enough valid signatures.
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office announced that the petition submitted by Kanye West representatives was accepted. The state office also said that the list of people who signed their petition will not be released until all the personal information has been compiled
West’s petitions have already been accepted in several states, except in Wisconsin where state election officials finally rejected it, claiming that their representatives missed the filing deadline by about 50 seconds, as reported by CBS.
According to CBS, a group of voters filed a complaint with the state Election Commission earlier this month alleging that West’s campaign workers missed the 5 p.m. filing deadline on August 4. It was the last day for independent presidential candidates to submit the 2,000 signatures required from Wisconsin voters to appear on the ballot. Although they received the documentation, the request was later rejected because it was submitted late, officials argued.