Kanye West files pe­ti­tions to ap­pear on bal­lot in Arkansas

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LIT­TLE ROCK, Ark. — Rap­per Kanye West on Mon­day filed sig­na­tures to ap­pear on the Arkansas bal­lot this fall as an in­de­pen­dent pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of West sub­mit­ted 1,723 sig­na­tures with the sec­re­tary of state’s of­fice, which has 10 days to ver­ify that he’s sub­mit­ted the 1,000 sig­na­tures from reg­is­tered vot­ers re­quired to ap­pear on the Arkansas bal­lot.

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

West has since sub­mit­ted pa­per­work to ap­pear on the bal­lot in neigh­bor­ing Ok­la­homa. A for­mal com­plaint was filed in New Jer­sey last week chal­leng­ing the sig­na­tures he sub­mit­ted to ap­pear on that state’s bal­lot.

West’s wife, re­al­ity TV star and beauty mogul Kim Kar­dashian West, asked the pub­lic on so­cial me­dia last month to show com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy to­ward her hus­band be­cause he is bipo­lar.

Arkansas is a solidly Repub­li­can state that Trump won eas­ily in 2016.

JEAN-BAP­TISTE LACROIX/AFP VIA GETTY IM­AGES

Kanye West has been cam­paign­ing for pres­i­dent.

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