OHIO – Kanye West hasn’t given up on his efforts to get on the presidential ballot in Ohio. After Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose rejected the multi-platinum rapper’s signatures and paperwork submitted to be an independent candidate, Yeezy has filed a lawsuit against the government official to get his name on the state’s ballot.
According to the Associated Press, West’s emergency filing argues LaRose needed to accept the petition if no formal protests were made and it didn’t violate Ohio law. Ohio’s Secretary of State previously denied the G.O.O.D. Music founder’s bid to get on the ballot over significant discrepancies in the paperwork.
“A signature is the most basic form of authentication and an important, time-honored, security measure to ensure that a candidate aspires to be on the ballot and that a voter is being asked to sign a legitimate petition,” LaRose said in a press release. “There is no doubt that the West nominating petition and declaration of candidacy failed to meet the necessary threshold for certification.”
Ohio was one of the multiple states to deny West a spot on the presidential ballot on August 21. His longtime home of Illinois and West Virginia also excluded him due to not having enough valid signatures on his petitions as an independent candidate.
West has either missed the deadline or failed to meet the requirements to be on the presidential ballots in over a dozen states. But he will be an actual option to select for voters in Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont.