Kanye’s elec­tion bid chal­lenged in NJ

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Kanye West is fac­ing an­other U.S. pres­i­den­tial bal­lot chal­lenge af­ter ques­tions were raised about the le­git­i­macy of sig­na­tures on his 2020 elec­tion pe­ti­tion in New Jersey.

The Power rap­per, who for­mally listed pas­tor Michelle Tid­ball as his run­ning mate on Mon­day, has been scram­bling to se­cure enough sig­na­tures to get his name printed on the Novem­ber bal­lots in a num­ber of states af­ter making a late en­trance into the race for the White House. He man­aged to just meet Tues­day’s dead­line for sub­mis­sions in New Jersey.

To qual­ify, he re­quired a min­i­mum of 800 sig­na­tures from reg­is­tered lo­cal vot­ers, but elec­tion law at­tor­ney Scott Salmon has filed a com­plaint with New Jersey’s Di­vi­sion of Elec­tions of­fi­cials, claim­ing that af­ter re­view­ing more than 1,300 of the names sub­mit­ted by Kanye’s team, he found at least 600 were de­fec­tive.

He noted some sig­na­tures had in­com­plete ad­dresses, while oth­ers dis­played strik­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties in hand­writ­ing, sug­gest­ing they could have been forged, re­ports Politico.

In his for­mal com­plaint, Salmon wrote, “Mr. West’s pe­ti­tions do not con­tain the valid sig­na­tures of 800 qual­i­fied vot­ers and should have been re­jected by the Di­vi­sion.”

He also no­ticed some other key doc­u­ments re­quired for bal­lot in­clu­sion were not filed.

New Jersey elec­tions au­thor­i­ties have yet to com­ment on the chal­lenge, but it’s the sec­ond such ques­tion mark raised over Kanye’s pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures in re­cent days, af­ter Illi­nois of­fi­cials re­ceived three ob­jec­tions to his fil­ing.

They have since launched a re­view to de­ter­mine the va­lid­ity of the more than 2,500 names sub­mit­ted by Kanye’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives last week.

Kanye an­nounced his pres­i­den­tial bid on July 4, but has drawn con­cerns for his men­tal well­be­ing in re­cent weeks fol­low­ing var­i­ous out­bursts which are al­leged to be part of a bipo­lar episode.

He has in­sisted fans have noth­ing to worry about, declar­ing on Twit­ter last Fri­day: “I am quite al­right.”

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