KANYE West’s petition to appear on the presidential ballot in New Jersey allegedly has more than 600 defective signatures, according to an election lawyer.
The rapper, 43, on Monday submitted 1,327 signatures in the Garden State, which requires presidential candidates to get 800 signatures in order to appear on the ballot.
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But election law attorney Scott Salmon, a Democrat, said he reviewed the signatures — and has claimed hundreds of them appear defective in some way, Politico reported on Wednesday.
Salmon filed a complaint on Wednesday with the state’s Divison of Elections, arguing West’s signatures are not complete and in some cases, have very similar handwriting.
He wrote in the complaint that West’s signatures should have been rejected by election officials.
Salmon said many of the signatures appear almost identical, and claimed the lower-case ‘i’ letters are dotted with a small circle.
The lawyer also said that some signatures on West’s paperwork don’t include full addresses.
Salmon told Politico: “The odds that 30 people in a row from all over the state would have a little circle about the i’s is a little hard to believe.”
According to New Jersey law, someone other than the presidential candidate is allowed to gather the required signatures.
Those people are required to submit paperwork stating they are who they say they are and the people whose signatures were collected are also who they say they are.
But those documents were not filed, according to Salmon’s complaint.
Salmon said that, sometimes, similar handwriting in some of the fields can be explained because the so-called circulator filled out the paperwork after the petition was signed.
He said that could happen especially in cases where someone could be short on time.
Salmon said that in his five years as an election law attorney in New Jersey, there hasn’t been an application with as many issues as West’s.
Salmon said he did not file the letter on behalf of any Democratic organization and filed the complaint on his own behalf.
New Jersey is a reliably Democratic state in presidential elections and has voted for the Democratic candidate since 1988.
Earlier this month in South Carolina, West delivered an emotional campaign introduction speech, during which he proposed a $1million payout to moms.
He also denounced Harriet Tubman’s work on the Underground Railroad — to which supporters in the crowd booed and ultimately left the room.
West also spoke out tearfully against abortion, and said that he and wife Kim Kardashian had contemplated terminating their first pregnancy.
He said: “She said she was pregnant, and for one month, and two months, and three months, we talked about her not having this child.”
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Sobbing, he told the crowd: “I almost killed my daughter.”
West initially announced his candidacy on July 4, but has missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in several states.
Last week, Kim Kardashian asked for empathy for West and said he is bipolar.