Rapper Kanye West has officially submitted paperwork to appear on the 2020 ballot in Ohio, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
West’s campaign submitted 14,886 signatures and other paperwork on Wednesday afternoon with the help of Republican operatives in the state. Election officials will now check those submissions for potential errors or missing information.
Wednesday at 4 p.m. is Ohio’s deadline for independent candidates to submit petitions with valid signatures to appear on the presidential ballot. The requirements include 5,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters, and a list of 18 electors to represent West in the Electoral College should he win.
West, a longtime supporter of President Trump, filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission in July and listed his party affiliation as the “Birthday Party.”
“Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday,” West told Forbes.
The rapper has named Wyoming-based “biblical life coach” Michelle Tidball as his running mate.
West has already missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in several states, and it’s unclear if he will be able to gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot in others.
West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, initially announced his candidacy on July 4.
Sources close to the couple told TMZ that West is in the middle of a major bipolar episode. Kim has reportedly made attempts to talk to Kanye about his mental state, but he’s not receptive.