The Grammy award winning musician announced his plans to run for US president on Twitter on July 5. The ‘Power’ hitmaker wrote: “We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future.” He was met with a mixed reaction by many fans, who think he will split the democratic vote and help Donald Trump win re-election. Some shared their enthusiasm for the artist’s election bid, including SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who tweeted: “You have my full support!”
While Kanye has stated his intention to run for president on November 3 as an independent candidate, he has come into the presidential race late and missed major deadlines.
According to Ballotpedia, Kanye needed to register as an independent candidate in some states as early as March to be included.
Because of his late registration, Kanye has missed the chance to run on the ballot in six states.
For the artist to appear on North Carolina’s presidential ballot, he would have needed to register by March 3.
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The same is true for Texas and New York, where he would have needed to register by May 11 and May 26 respectively.
Maine required Kanye to apply as an independent by June 1, and New Mexico and Indiana needed the star to apply by June 25 and 30 respectively.
While he could still run in these states as a write-in candidate, those votes may not count because of the state’s differing rules on ballot counts.
If Kanye is seriously mounting a presidential campaign, he would be doing so at a serious deficit, with 102 electoral college votes unavailable to him out of 538.
Reactions to the stars campaign announcement has been derisive for the most part, with many citing his late entrance as an impossible hill to climb.
Speaking to the Guardian, James McCann, a political scientist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, said he could run as independent or with a smaller party, but both options would be limited.
This is because independent candidates need tens of thousands of signatures from across the US before deadlines, which is more difficult than ever due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
McCann said: “It’s hard to see Kanye West having a field operation.”
Kanye West has previously caused uproars over his vocal support of President Donald Trump.
In 2018, Kanye made a series of controversial remarks, including claiming slavery was a “choice” in a now infamous TMZ interview.
Later that year, Kanye met with President Trump in the White House where he talked about “infinite universes” and Trump’s “energy”.