Kanye West, who mounted a 2020 presidential campaign four weeks ago, is now trying to get on the Wisconsin ballot. He has hired a petitioning firm called Let the Voters Decide to collect signatures so that his name can appear, and according to The Intelligencer, the firm has already sent out 45 canvassers to collect the 2,000 signatures he needs. The deadline, unfortunately for West, is tomorrow, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m., so the clock is ticking.
West, who has been dropping absolute bangers for nearly two decades now, is also trying to get on the Ohio, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia ballot. Many of these efforts, even if they have passed the signature threshold are being marred by judicial challenges regarding the paperwork submitted and whether the signatures are actually valid.
He has been unable to get on ballots in other states, including Florida and South Carolina, a state he visited on July 19 for a campaign rally. He met the signature threshold in New Jersey, but is facing accusations of election fraud which could derail that effort.
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Meanwhile, he also announced that his latest album Donda: With Child would be released on July 24. It was not. He has since tweeted out a picture of the album cover, but has not spoken more about the release date. The album was mixed, in part, by Dr. Dre, which is kind of a big deal in the world of hip-hop.
In a Redfield & Wilton Strategies national poll from last week, West was pulling two percent of the vote. People, most notably the writer of this article, have speculated that voters might be swayed by West’s rapping the absolute hardest Christian bar that has ever been spit – “Still we win, we prayed up / Even when we die we raise up.”
Those Christian rap fan votes should not be underestimated, if West does manage to make tomorrow’s fast-approaching deadline.