Superstar Kanye West will not appear on the Illinois ballot as an independent presidential candidate this fall, after he fell short of qualifying for the contest by 1,300 signatures, after a unanimous vote by the Illinois State Board of Elections.
To qualify for the ballot, the Illinois native had to submit at least 2,500 signatures. However, an official review of West’s petitions determined he only had 1,200 valid signatures.
An attorney for West did not challenge the signatures that the official review declared invalid, or object to the recommendation of the board’s general counsel that West be removed from the ballot.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted 5-1 Thursday to remove West from that state’s presidential ballot, ruling that his team, which included members of the Republican party, failed to file its nomination by the deadline of 5 p.m. Aug. 4.