Rapper-turned-presidential hopeful Kanye West has failed to meet the requirements necessary to appear on the presidential ballot in Ohio for the November general election, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office announced Friday.
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.
West has been aided in his efforts by Republican political operatives, the Washington Post reported.
To appear on the ballot in Ohio, West needed to file a valid and sufficient joint nominating petition and statement of candidacy that complies with the law. He also needed to submit at least 5,000 valid signatures from Ohio voters and a slate of 18 presidential electors.
Based on a review of the documents submitted by the West campaign, both the information and a signature on the original nominating petition and statement of candidacy submitted to the Secretary of State’s office do not much that of the nominating petition and statement of candidacy that was used to circulate part-petitions.
“A signature is the most basic form of authentication and an important, time-honored, security measure to ensure that a candidate aspires to be on the ballot and that a voter is being asked to sign a legitimate petition,” said LaRose. “There is no doubt that the West nominating petition and declaration of candidacy failed to meet the necessary threshold for certification.”
The rapper has named Wyoming-based “biblical life coach” Michelle Tidball as his running mate.
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.