A judge banned Kanye West from appearing in Arizona on November 3, concluding that a voter who challenged his candidacy had shown he was likely to prevail and determined the possibility of irreparable harm had when the rapper’s name appeared on the ballot.
Judge Scott McCoy’s verdict on Thursday said the voter who challenged West’s bid in Arizona “found that the relative needs favor him.” Putting West on the ballot would create confusion among voters, argued his lawyers.
The decision was made a day after West’s campaign submitted nearly 58,000 nominee signatures, well over the 39,000 required for the Arizona election. In the past 1
West has already qualified to vote in several states, including Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Tennessee and Utah. He did not qualify in Ohio, Montana, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and other states, despite filing lawsuits against some of those decisions.
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Another judge ordered West’s name to be removed from voting papers in Virginia on Thursday, ruling that the rapper failed to meet the requirement that 13 people support his campaign. The judge ruled that 11 of the 13 “electoral oaths” submitted by the Western Campaign were invalid, including some “obtained through inappropriate, fraudulent and / or misleading means”.
It is not known whether West will appeal the Arizona ruling. Tim LaSota, a West attorney, had no immediate comment Thursday night.
Earlier this week, Arizona-based Rasean Clayton filed a lawsuit to keep West from appearing on the ballot. The lawsuit accused the rapper of acting as an election spoiler, arguing that state law prevented him from running as an independent candidate since West is a registered Republican.
West attorneys said their client’s status as a registered Republican in Wyoming was irrelevant to the Arizona election. They said that when West submitted the papers for the general election, he listed his political party as “BDY,” which is an acronym for Birthday Party.
Despite these claims, Clayton’s attorneys said West was still a registered Republican. They also said that nearly all of West’s voters – who would cast votes for the electoral college if it won – were Republicans until they changed registration to independent on Monday and Tuesday.
Clayton’s attorneys said the lawsuit needs to be resolved quickly as the deadlines for ballot printing are approaching.
Arizona has September 8th to print ballots for Maricopa, Pima, and six other counties. The ballot papers for the other districts must be presented by September 9th.
It is unclear whether Clayton has any ties with the Democratic Party. He said in a statement that he filed the legal challenge to West’s election campaign because he did not want voters to be confused when he saw unqualified candidates on the ballot.
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LaSota has brushed aside criticism that West is trying to be a spoiler designed to hurt Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s chances in Arizona. He said Clayton’s lawsuit is aimed at preventing voters from voting.