Kanye West has officially and permanently been kicked off the Presidential ballots in Wisconsin after failing in a court bid to have his name reinstated.
Last month, West was kicked off the ballot in Wisconsin as he failed to file signatures and the correct paperwork before the state’s Aug. 5 deadline for independent candidates.
The rapper missed the deadline to file the signatures by only 14 seconds, and naturally he wasn’t going to go down without a fight. He subsequently sued the Wisconsin Elections Commission so that his name could be added to the list of candidates.
But over the weekend, Judge John Zakowski ruled in favor of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, resulting in West permanently being kicked off the state’s ballot.
In his ruling, the judge made the point that West was late – whether it was 14 seconds or 14 days.
“The court believes at the time a grandfather clock rings out five times is the moment it is 5 p.m. Any time after that is precisely that: after 5 p.m. The court used the analogy of midnight. There is significant difference between 11:59:59 p.m. and one second after midnight. The passage of a second after midnight confers an entirely new day,” he said in his judgement.
The court told West’s team that the situation could have been avoided if they simply arrived earlier to file their papers.
“The unfortunate fact is this dispute could have been avoided had the West representatives simply arrived earlier. The court is aware the signatures were gathered in roughly two days, but it has also been told (West campaign representative) Ms. Ruhland knew of the statutory requirement… and had been in contact with the Commission that day.”
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