West’s nascent third-party presidential campaign has hit a variety of road blocks in recent weeks after he declared his candidacy on Twitter and successfully paid a $35,000 filing fee to appear on the ballot in Oklahoma. Although the rapper’s presidential campaign filed the requisite number of signatures to appear on the ballot in Illinois, Missouri, and New Jersey, there’s a strong possibility that he may not appear on the ballot in any of those states.
In Illinois, West’s campaign barely cleared the threshold of 2,500 signatures required after a frenzied last-minute effort in the state that included canvassers standing in a supermarket parking lot next to the state board of elections only hours before the deadline. His campaign faces three different challenges in the Land of Lincoln that raise questions not only about the validity of the signatures he gathered but whether the paperwork submitted by West was inherently insufficient. Among other issues, the rapper did not submit the name of a vice presidential running mate or a slate of electors in Illinois.
In New Jersey, he faces allegations of fraud. Scott Salmon, a New Jersey elections lawyer, challenged West for submitting signatures that he described as the “most egregious” case of fraud he’s seen.