Kanye West registered as a Republican in Park County, WY, potentially blocking his run as an Independent in Arizona

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Rapper Kanye West could be barred from running for president as an Independent in Arizona because he is registered as a Republican in Wyoming, according to a report.

A lawsuit claims West violates Arizona law. According to the lawsuit, filed Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court:

“The Secretary of State’s forms for ‘independent’ nominations for President, Vice-President, and Presidential voters require the submitting party to sign a form indicating, among other things:

“I meet the statutory requirements to be nominated for public office in the general election and am not a member of a recognized political party in the state of Arizona. ”

Friday is the deadline for West to have at least 40,000 petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot; Next Tuesday millions of ballots for the November election are due to go to the printer.

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Arizona is a battleground state where a candidate winning 2-3% of the vote could decide the fate of the presidential election.

“Waiting is not an option,” lawyers for the plaintiff, Rasean Carlton, said in the lawsuit.

“The deadline for printing the ballot is looming… If West is included on the ballot, the damage is done; including an unqualified candidate on the printed ballot will confuse voters and violate the fundamental constitutional right to vote for qualified candidates. ”

West announced a presidential candidacy in July, saying he was seeking the country’s top post on a ticket he calls the “birthday party.”

West has since collected signatures to go to the polls in several states.

West has qualified in a handful of states, including Tennessee, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma and Utah.

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Democrats say Republicans are pushing the West’s candidacy across multiple states to siphon black votes from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

West, who has previously backed Republican President Trump, announced last month that he had broken up with Trump and would launch his own presidential bid.

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