Is It Possible For Kanye West To Be Charged With Electoral Fraud After All?
Updated: August 10, 2020.
News outlets confirmed in July that Kanye West’s 2020 campaign officially submitted all paperwork needed to appear on election ballots in Missouri and New Jersey. However, not long after the announcement, it was revealed that the rapper’s petition to gain a spot on the states’ presidential ballots were contested by a former Democratic congressional candidate.
According to the Democrat, the petitions submitted by West were “egregiously” deceitful.
West filed nearly 1,300 signatures to get on the ballot.
According to New Jersey’s election rules, independent candidates can earn a spot on the state ballot by filing petitions which include at a minimum of 800 valid signatures.
Salmon claims that the 1,300 signatures obtained by West’s campaign appear to be fake.
“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,” Scott Salmon, a lawyer who wrote to New Jersey’s board of elections in an attempt to challenge West’s petitions, explained to Daily News.
As Salmon points out West’s petition includes dozens of signatures in a row whose handwriting are suspiciously similar. Multiple signatures even included circles over the letter I in their names.
Now, West’s campaign is facing yet another hurdle as he attempts to appear on ballots in November.
According to Vanity Fair, the rapper has filed petitions appealing to appear on the presidential ticket of 10 different states but has only managed to acquire a slot in Oklahoma. While the rapper has many petitions pending review he has “managed to meet the filing deadlines for Illinois and New Jersey, the two states are now throwing West’s eligibility into doubt after both announced that the majority of the signatures submitted as part of his petition are invalid.”
In a report published by NJ.com it was revealed that West’s election campaign pulled his petition to be on the ballot hours before a hearing was scheduled to examine his application’s validity. At the time, elections attorney Scott Salmon told NJ Advance Media that he was “glad to see the Kanye campaign has realized that their petition was not going to survive here. It was so clearly deficient that it wasn’t even worth defending. I think that’s the main takeaway here. I wish it wouldn’t have gotten this far.”
On top of this, a New York Times investigation recently found that Republican activists are working to get West on the ballot. “Mark Jacoby whose company Let the Voters Decide has been collecting signatures in Ohio, West Virginia, and Arkansas,” Vanity Fair reports. “While working for the California Republican Party in 2008, Jacoby was arrested on voter-fraud charges and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Voter-registration fraud carries a penalty of up to three years in prison, according to CBS News.”
Right about now, we’re pretty sure just about everyone misses The Old Kanye.
Over the past few years, the rapper has made it pretty well known that he is no longer an ally of the Black community. Embroiled in controversies since the start of his support for Donald Trump, the record producer, composer, and fashion designer has faced quite a bit of backlash from a community who once saw him as a paragon of Black success.
He began to throw that all away when he first started showing photos of himself wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and praising the racist president’s “dragon energy.” He gained the ire of fans and critics once again in 2018 when he suggested that the enslavement of African Americans in the U.S. had long been a “choice.”
This is all to say that we didn’t think he could do the impossible and insult us further. But recently, the rapper held a presidential rally in which he said the unsayable.
Earlier this month, West made claims during his rally that abolitionist Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.”
In a comment about one of the most respected figures in U.S. History, West claimed the abolitionist “just had the slaves go work for other white people.”
Tubman was an African American who escaped slavery and famously assisted in giving enslaved Black men and women a chance to escape north to freedom. During this time she led a remarkable thirteen missions for the Underground Railroad to rescue almost seventy slaves. She later became an active supporter of the Suffrage movement. Her actions were not only well- documented but have been praised by researchers, politicians, and educators for decades. West’s words do not rewrite American history or change the impacts she made on it. His words do, however, create a cause for concern.
West’s rally continued to become more bizarre in a moment in which he tearfully made points against abortion.
Speaking about his wife Kim Kardashian, and their first child North, West said that the two had seriously considered terminating their first pregnancy. Speaking about their decision, West claimed that a message from God changed his mind and that his wife had told him in a phone call that they would follow through with the pregnancy.
“So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to,” West explained. “She stood up, and she protected that child.”
West went on to claim that his late mother, Donda West had also made the decision to not abort him. “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy,” said West through tears.”I almost killed my daughter,” he cried.
When pressed about his comments about No more Plan B — Plan A,” he went on to clarify saying that he would fight to keep abortion legal. He also outlined a birth option he described as a “maximum increase.”
“The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range,” said West. “If you had opportunity to be given a million dollars, just for being pregnant, would you have considered it? And then everybody would start having children, the greatest gift of life.”
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