Kanye West Wants To Be On Wyoming's Presidential Ballot

Aug 19, 2020

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Kanye West is trying to get on Wyoming's presidential ballot as an independent candidate for this November's General Election.

According to the Wyoming Secretary of State's office, the rapper and designer filed the official paperwork late Monday night. On Tuesday, there were reports of people trying to gather signatures for West throughout the state.

Will Dinneen, Secretary of State spokesperson, said West would have to gather 4,025 signatures of registered voters in the state of Wyoming. 

"They would have to gather those signatures using the Secretary of State's petition process and submit them to our office by August 24, 2020. So short turnaround," said Dinneen.

Dinneen said anyone gathering signatures for any purpose should always collect twice the number of signatures needed.

"Just on the off chance that a number of those signatures collected are not from registered voters," he said. "Oftentimes people will sign a petition thinking that they are a registered voter, and they are not or we cannot verify that signature."

If the state office can’t verify the signature, it will not be counted. West has tried to join ballots across the country, but has faced roadblocks in several. The rapper bought a ranch outside of Cody last year.