Kanye West 2020: Qualifies for Presidential Ballot in Oklahoma
Kanye West is officially on the 2020 Presidential ballot in Oklahoma, amid reports of the rapper pulling out of the upcoming elections.
According to the Oklahoma Election Board documents, West has filed the statement of candidacy and a $35,000 filing fee to the state, which declares that he will be running as a Independent Candidate for President in the 2020 Presidential elections, as reported by TMZ.
“A representative for West filed the necessary paperwork and paid the $35,000 filing Wednesday afternoon, which was the deadline for a spot on the state’s 3 November presidential ballot,” said Oklahoma Board of Elections spokeswoman Misha Mohr. “West was one of three independent presidential candidates to pay the filing fee prior to the deadline, she added. The others were concert pianist Jade Simmons and cryptocurrency entrepreneur Brock Pierce.”
The news comes on the heels of the West’s adviser Steve Kramer’s statement to the New York Magazine’s Intelligencer, which reported that “West is out of 2020 elections.” The report also added that the rapper had overwhelming support, and also that he had hired 180 staffs for the campaign.
West also took to his Instagram account to post a picture of himself with the caption “Kanye 2024,” which was interpreted as he had dropped out of 2020 elections, and will be running for 2024 election.
West has already missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in many states, including the critical battleground of Florida. However, his campaign was reported to have filed a “Statement of Organization” with the Federal Election Commission stating that a Kanye 2020 committee would serve as principal campaign committee for a West candidacy.
The rapper first announced his presidential bid in an Independence Day tweet, saying he had a vision for 2020. He was immediately supported by his wife Kim Kardashian West and Elon Musk. Since then, he had constantly been talking about his race in the Presidential elections.