Kanye West Will Appear On Oklahoma's General Election Ballot, Officials Confirm
Oklahoma officials have confirmed that Kanye West will appear on the state’s general election ballot in November, according to a report by USA Today.
The Oklahoma State Election Board confirmed West’s qualification to be on the November ballot in a tweet, which read in part, “Independent presidential candidate Kanye West has qualified for the General Election ballot in Oklahoma.”
West announced his candidacy on July 4 in a tweet. His announcement came after the deadline to get on the ballot in most states.
A representative for West filed the required paperwork and paid the $35,000 in order to appear on the ballot. In addition to West, two other independent candidates paid the fee prior to the deadline, which were concert pianist Jade Simmons and cryptocurrency entrepreneur Brock Pierce.
The filing of West’s paperwork comes a day after his advisor, Steve Kramer, said that the candidate was “out” of the race and that his staff was disappointed.
In a separate development, a group called Kanye 2020 filed the first federal election forms for West’s candidacy. Christian Hilland, a deputy press officer for the Federal Election Commission confirmed that his office had received the required candidate Statement of Organization paperwork from the committee.
The form confirms that Kanye West is running for presidential election with Andre Bodiford as committee treasurer and his party affiliation as "BDY". West said that he would be running under the “Birthday Party”.
However, a Statement of Candidacy was not filed with the FEC for West, which would have given West candidacy status under federal campaign finance law.
Read the full report here.