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Kanye West qualifies as presidential candidate in Utah


In this Oct. 5, 2019 file photo, Kanye West, center, bows his head in prayer during his “Sunday Service” at The Gateway in Salt Lake City. The rapper is eligible to appear on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate this November, an official said Monday, August 17, 2020.


Rapper Kanye West may appear on the Utah ballot this November as an independent candidate for the US presidency, an official said Monday.

State Elections Director Justin Lee said his office verified that West’s campaign gathered the 1,000 signatures needed from registered voters to appear on the ballot.

West, who once supported Republican President Donald Trump, announced last month that he distanced himself from him and would launch his own candidacy. His campaign filed documents on July 15 with the Federal Elections Commission.

So far the artist has graded in several states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. His efforts to get on the ballot were challenged in Wisconsin.