Its been six weeks since independent presidential candidate Kanye West launched his late-entry White House bid.
Since then, the rapper-turned-politician has fought an uphill battle for ballot access state-by-state without any of the traditional campaign infrastructure.
West has managed to successfully get himself on the ballot in three states: Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont.
Unfortunately for the billionaire sneaker mogul, his July 4 entry into the race came too late for North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico and Indiana, where the filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates had already passed.
Nevada, Florida, South Carolina, Delaware and Michigan’s filing deadlines followed in the days after West’s announcement, leaving him unable to make them.
Oklahoma had a close deadline, however a representative for West met it just in time with the necessary paperwork and $35,000 filing fee.
Of the 538 electoral votes up for grabs in the general election, candidates need 270 to win the presidency. By the first week in August, West had already forfeited 225 Electoral College votes due to missed deadlines or problems with his filing petitions.
West had until last Friday to get on the ballot in the critical state of California.
The rapper’s campaign has been shrouded in secrecy, making it unclear whether he submitted the 197,000 required signatures by Friday evening.
The Golden State has 55 electoral votes, which would make it a must-win for the rapper after sacrificing ballot access in so many other states.
If he did not successfully make it on to the California ballot, it will have become mathematically impossible for West to win the presidency in 2020.
In recent weeks, the deadlines have also gone by for Illinois and New Jersey, where West was booted from the ballots for invalid signatures.
In late July, a New Jersey election attorney became the first to file a legal challenge against one of West’s ballot petitions.
The lawyer, Scott Salmon, alleged in a legal complaint late last month that 600 of sneaker-mogul-turned-politician’s 1,327 signatures were fraudulent, which would have left West with under the state’s minimum of 800 required signatures.
Salmon also alleged that some signatures appeared to be written in nearly identical handwriting and others lacked complete addresses.
In Illinois, West was booted from the ballot after state election officials found that 1,900 of the 3,128 signatures he submitted were invalid, leaving him short of the 2,500 required.
West’s petitions in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, West Virigina and Wisconsin, however, are still being considered by their state election boards.
The Wisconsin petition is facing two considerable legal challenges, though, with both alleging that numerous signatures were fraudulent and used famous names such as “Mickey Mouse” and “Bernie Sanders.”
Should West have successfully made it onto the ballot in California, which he will need to win, he still has 17 other states left where the deadline has not passed for independent presidential candidates to file.
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