A whole lot of people who supposedly want Kanye West on the ballot in New Jersey just happen to write their name with a little circle over the little “i’s.”
The rap superstar’s petitions to win a spot on the presidential ballot have been challenged by a former Democratic congressional candidate who says they are “egregiously” fraudulent.
“The odds that 30 people in a row from all over the state would have a little circle about the Is is a little hard to believe,” said Scott Salmon, a lawyer, who wrote to the Garden State board of elections to contest West’s petitions.
West, who has a history of mental health problems, insists he is serious about running for the White House. Yeezy says the supposed campaign is not a publicity stunt for his new album.
Independent candidates can win a spot on the New Jersey ballot by filing petitions including at least 800 valid signatures.
West filed about 1,300 signatures. But Salmon says many appear to be fake.
The rapper, who once praised President Donald Trump and said the two share “dragon energy,” told Forbes that he is “taking the red hat off” — a reference to Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” cap.
Some analysts believe West could siphon some votes of young people and people of color away from the presumptive Democrat nominee, Joe Biden.