Kanye West’s campaign failed to meet the minimum number of valid signatures needed to vote in Illinois, the local WTTW newspaper first reported on Friday evening.
The Illinois native, who is running as an independent, reportedly missed 1,300 signatures, according to a state auditor who reviewed the number of nominations submitted by West’s party.
In order to vote, West had to submit 2,500 signatures, but Friday’s hearing officer only registered 1,200 signatures. The official decision will be submitted on August 21, when the final ballot is announced by the Illinois State Council of Elections.
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Sean Tenner, the 46th Democratic parish committee, told the publication he was angered by West’s comments on July 19 regarding abolitionist Harriet Tubman, when he said she “never really had freed the slaves ”.
“She just asked the slaves to go and work for other whites,” West added, sparking widespread condemnation for the false statement.
Tenner said West’s comments motivated him to challenge the campaign’s petition to be put on the ballot.
“Celebrity or not, everyone has to follow the rules,” Tenner told WTTW. “He didn’t come close.
The number of signatures required to obtain the federal ballot is 25,000 signatures. But a federal judge reduced the requirement to just 2,500 signatures in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
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West didn’t enter the presidential race until July 4, when he made the shocking Twitter announcement.
He missed the ballot in several states, including Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Texas. The polling deadline has officially ended in 21 states and Washington, DC, which would represent 246 electoral votes.
West also withdrew his nomination from New Jersey after the election fraud charges were announced earlier this week.
Election attorney Scott Salmon has filed a lawsuit against the West New Jersey petition, citing fraud concerns.
“Literally, all of the signatures on it were from the same person,” Salmon told Fox News this week. “Signatures that were clearly identical signatures where the signed name did not match the printed name, where there was a first name but no last name, where it included an address but no city.”
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West was reportedly at the polls in Oklahoma and Colorado.
Tenner said that as long as the Illinois State Council of Elections maintained the votes from the audience, it was mathematically impossible for West to garner 270 electoral votes. This means that even if West does manage to secure the remaining states’ ballots and win their electoral votes over incumbent GOP candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, he still would not be running for president.
Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.