Phoenix’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Rapper Kanye West is being sued to keep him off Arizona’s presidential ballot, but it might be too late to stop him. The lawsuit, filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court, comes days before the Friday deadline for West to turn in at least 40,000 petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
Just four days after that, on Sept. 8, millions of ballots for the November election must go to the printer. That leaves little time for a traditional challenge of a candidates’ signatures, which could drag on for several days or more, all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court.
The lawsuit argues that West is violating Arizona law by running as an independent, even though he is a registered Republican. Several residents who’ve been approached to sign a West petition tell 12 News they’ve been told it’s for an “independent” candidate for president.
Wife was approached in a shopping center parking lot & asked to sign to get someone on the ballot
When my wife asked who was running, the guy only mentioned the name “Tibbet” or something like that
When she pushed harder the guy finally admitted it was for Kanye West
— Shawn in Az 🌵 (@ShawnInArizona) August 31, 2020
Just talked to an attendee at a local GOP event in Yavapai County, Arizona today who was asked by someone if they wanted “to help the Republican Party” and then given the opportunity to sign a petition to put Kanye West on the ballot.
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 30, 2020
Petition circulators for Kanye West are trying to conceal what they’re doing as they work the Tucson area for at least $8 per signature. West is trying to get on Arizona’s ballot as an independent candidate for president. https://t.co/7lW5KkPAEq
— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) September 2, 2020
Column: The circulators collecting signatures to put Kanye West on Arizona’s ballot are using deception to get voters to sign. Marijuana legalization, for example? It’s already on the ballot in AZ. https://t.co/5mkbClXqdX
— Tim Steller (@senyorreporter) September 2, 2020