LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kanye West ran for president in Kentucky on Friday, Secretary of State Michael Adams said in a tweet.
Adams wrote that his office is reviewing the filing to see if West qualified to take part in the vote.
What you need to know
- Kanye West ran for president in Kentucky on Friday
- He had to submit 5,000 signatures, but submitted almost four times as many
- West will appear on the ballot in at least 10 other states
- Secretary of State Michael Adams said the filing was being examined to see if West was qualified to vote
One name not among the 19,000 Kentuckians who sang West’s petition is Rena Patterson. Last week, she got out of her car at a Walmart in the East End of Louisville and was approached by two men asking her to sign a petition that West would vote on in November.
“Absolutely not,” said Patterson, who was wearing a Joe Biden face mask at the time. “We don’t have time for that.”
Patterson, a 49-year-old healthcare worker, is one of many Kentuckians who report encounters with advertisers who collect signatures to get the rapper, fashion mogul, and aspiring politician on the ballot. They are in parks, shopping malls, and on campus. And they have used tactics that challenge their ethics.
If West’s submission is approved by Adams, he and his associate, Wyoming spiritual trainer Michelle Tidball, will become the seventh candidate couple in Kentucky’s presidential election.
West has already secured his place on the ballot in at least 10 states, including Tennessee. Last Thursday, his campaign drew more than 275 signatures from Tennessee voters, enough to get a shot of the state’s 11 votes this fall.
But West’s unconventional campaign, which began in late July with an event where he spoke in a bulletproof vest, ran into problems in a few states. Last week, he was denied a place on Missouri’s ballot after failing to get the required 10,000 signatures. His petition was only 6,557. West also missed a spot on the ballot in Wyoming, where he recently moved after missing the August 24 deadline for 4,025 signatures. In Ohio, West submitted nearly three times the 5,000 signatures required to vote, but his offer was turned down because of paperwork. On Thursday, judges in Arizona and Virginia ordered West to be removed from their state’s respective ballot papers.
In some states, including Wisconsin and Colorado, West’s attempts to vote have won the support of Republican activists and activists. National Democrats accuse West of being a vocal Trump supporter before launching his own campaign of working to pull votes from Biden. “I think there is no question about that,” House majority whip James Clyburn said last week when asked if West’s aim was to harm the Democratic candidate. Neither the Kentucky Democratic Party nor the Kentucky Republican Party responded to requests for comment.
Like Clyburn, Willie Davis is suspicious of West’s candidacy. When the 40-year-old Kentucky State University professor was approached at a farmers market in Lexington last weekend and asked to sign a petition to put West on the ballot, he expressed his concern.
“I said,” I’m afraid you are trying to take Joe Biden’s vote to re-elect Trump, “said Davis, adding,” I don’t like Donald Trump. “
The advertiser replied: “Yes. You understand it. We do that. ”
Davis didn’t sign.