Signature verification to begin after Kanye West’s campaign meets WV ballot deadline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Rapper Kanye West is a step closer to being an official candidate for president in the November General Election in West Virginia after those representing his campaign turned in more than the required number of signatures Monday to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

State code requires 7,144 valid signatures, 1 percent of the voters in the presidential primary in the June election. The West campaign turned in more than 15,000 signatures, including more than 3,000 Monday. Most of the signatures were from Kanawha and Monongalia counties.

MORE Kanye West’s candidate certificate HERE

The signatures have to be validated by county clerks which could take up to 10 days to complete.

The West campaign was able to beat a Monday midnight deadline. He’ll run as an independent. The number of states where West has qualified to be on the ballot is somewhat of a moving target. Reports Monday indicated he had qualified in 10 states but had missed deadlines in 10 others.

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