The turn of events has provoked the New York Times to suggest: "Republican activists in at least half a dozen states are deeply involved in the effort to get Kanye West's name before voters".
According to reports Thursday, West has so-far qualified to be on the Colorado presidential ballot with paperwork filed to appear on the ballot in eight states. The rap star's latest letdown in his pursuit of becoming president comes with him falling short of meeting the minimum number of valid signatures needed to make the ballot in his home state of IL. "He didn't come close".
Under Wisconsin law, independent presidential candidates can get on the ballot by filing a minimum of 2,000 valid signatures of Wisconsin electors on nomination papers, as well as a Declaration of Candidacy form for both the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is going to have an uphill battle in trying to win the presidency.
"We need more education about Harriet Tubman's legacy in this country - not mistruths about her", said Reverend Johnson.
The number of required signatures to get on the federal election ballot is 25,000 signatures. As Chicago Tribune reports, the rapper's name may not appear on the ballot in his home state of IL. "Signatures that were clearly identical signatures where the signed name didn't match the printed name, where there was a first name but no last name, where it included a street address but, no town".
Pointing out that qualifying as an independent candidate for president is no easy task, with requirements varying from state to state, Melcher argued that there's a possiblity Kanye "might not even qualify in enough states to win the election even if he wins everywhere he is on the ballot".
The thesis of our reporting earlier this week was that the College Dropout rapper's strategy has been to pull some of the Black votes, as well as the youth votes away, from Democrat Joe Biden, thus giving Trump a needed edge in several key states like Ohio.