Huge blow to Kanye’s election campaign
Rapper Kanye West has been dropped from presidential ballot consideration in New Jersey after a court order ruled that the signatures on his petition were invalid.
Election lawyer Scott Salmon had filed the challenge to West's filing last week, accusing the rapper's campaign of having invalid signatures.
"Literally every single signature on there came from the same person," Salmon told Fox News.
"Signatures that were clearly identical signatures where the signed name didn't match the printed name, where there was a first name but no last name, where it included a street address but, no town."
The New Jersey petition reportedly showed a number of signatures looked nearly identical, including lower-case I's dotted with a small circle.
On Monday, West filed to appear on the ballot in West Virginia. A spokesman for the Secretary of State in West Virginia told Fox News that West had an estimated 14,800 signatures before the midnight deadline on Tuesday.
He needed signatures from 7144 registered voters to get on the ballot in the state, and there will still be a seven to 10 day challenge period and certification time frame.
West also filed to be on the ballot in Vermont and Arkansas on Monday before the filing deadline. In Vermont, it was the first time he had his running mate appear on the filing form - Michelle Tidball from Cody, Wyoming, who runs an online Bible study.
On Monday, West reportedly hired petitioning firm Let The Voters Decide to help the rapper/producer get the necessary 2000 signatures needed to get on the ballot in the crucial swing state of Wisconsin.
According to Vice, those signatures were then reportedly dropped off at the election commission building by well-connected political strategist Lane Ruhland, who is also an election lawyer and former legal counsel for the state's Republican Party.
As New York Magazine reported this week, West is also working with Gregg Keller, an experienced Republican operative who most notably worked on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2012.
It remains to be seen whether West will make a push to get on the ballot in states like Ohio, with a Wednesday filing deadline.
West has already submitted documents to appear on the ballot in November in Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri. He missed the deadline in South Carolina last month.
The musician's on-again, off-again presidential campaign has been embroiled with controversy since the start, as many people question his mental state following a number of inflammatory and embarrassing tweets and appearances in recent weeks.
"I cried at the thought of aborting my firstborn and everyone was so concerned about me … I'm concerned for the world that feels you shouldn't cry about this subject," he tweeted last week.
His comments came after a viral campaign stop in which he cried while discussing how he and his wife apparently considered abortion. The emotional display prompted speculation about his psychological health while his wife, Kim Kardashian West, posted a statement discussing his struggle with bipolar disorder.
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