Kanye West ruled out of Wisconsin Ballot for missing deadline by 14 Seconds

Rapper Kanye West missed the deadline to appear on the Wisconsin presidential ballot by 14 seconds, and a judge has upheld the decision to keep him off the ballot.

Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

State law requires ballots to be mailed by Sept. 17 to more than 1 million voters who have requests on file. There is also a Sept. 19 deadline in federal law for mailing ballots to overseas and military voters.

Those deadlines could force the Wisconsin Supreme Court, controlled 4-3 by conservatives, to act within a matter of days on who should be on the ballot.

The state elections commission has argued that printing new ballots this late would not only be expensive, but could also cause “confusion and disorder” and may not even be feasible.

“The unfortunate fact is this dispute could have been avoided had the West representatives simply arrived earlier,” Brown County Judge John Zakowski said.

“Candidates need to plan ahead and arrive in time to get into the building and file the papers in the office of the commission prior to the deadline, there are no exceptions under the statute or the relevant case law.”

West’s campaign filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 after the Wisconsin Board of Elections rejected his nomination papers over the missed deadline, arguing that state election law gave him until 5:01 p.m. to file.

But it’s not over yet: the case will likely be appealed to the state supreme court – which is dominated by conservatives.

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