KANYE GETS BOOTED FROM ILLI­NOIS BAL­LOT

Elec­tion board says rap­per mak­ing run for pres­i­dent didn’t have enough sig­na­tures

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY RACHEL HINTON, STAFF RE­PORTER rhin­ton@sun­times.com | @rrhin­ton The Illi­nois State Board of Elec­tions has booted rap­per Kanye West from the Novem­ber bal­lot, end­ing his pres­i­den­tial run in the state af­ter find­ing pe­ti­tions he sub­mit­ted last month did no

of sig­na­tures needed to ap­pear.

West needed at least 2,500 sig­na­tures from reg­is­tered Illi­nois vot­ers to get his name on the bal­lot; the board said West filed only 1,200 sig­na­tures.

The rap­per, who was raised in Chicago, jumped into the pres­i­den­tial race late. He filed pe­ti­tions to ap­pear as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date min­utes be­fore the dead­line in July, a move that was part of a scram­ble to qual­ify for bal­lot sta­tus in states with dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments.

West filed a state­ment of can­di­dacy with the

Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on July 16. That fil­ing, as well as his Illi­nois pe­ti­tions, lists an ad­dress in Cody, Wy­oming, that West bought last year, ac­cord­ing to the Cody En­ter­prise.

The pe­ti­tions con­tained 412 tra­di­tional pa­per sheets with orig­i­nal sig­na­tures, said Matt Di­et­rich, spokesman for the Illi­nois State Board of Elec­tions.

Since West filed as an in­de­pen­dent, he was re­quired to turn in at least 2,500 sig­na­tures, 10% of the 25,000 sig­na­tures nor­mally needed to ap­pear on the bal­lot be­cause of the pan­demic.

LAU­REN PETRACCA IPETRACCA/THE POST AND COURIER VIA AP

Kanye West makes his first pres­i­den­tial cam­paign ap­pear­ance last month in North Charleston, S.C.

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