In Which States Could Kanye West Appear on the Presidential Ballot?

Kanye West's 2020 presidential bid has landed him on the Oklahoma ballot, and there's also a chance that he could appear on the ballot in his home state of Illinois and 38 others if he is able to get enough signatures through August and September.

The rapper and music mogul who announced his 2020 bid as an independent on July 4, submitted 412 pages of documents to the Illinois State Board of Elections on Monday to qualify to be on the November ballot.

State officials will have to verify the 2,500 signatures on those documents to ensure West can be placed on the ballot.

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Kanye West meets with President Donald Trump at the White House on October 11, 2018. West, who filed his elections summary with the Federal Election Commission on July 16 to run as an independent candidate, has qualified for the Oklahoma ballot and submitted signatures to the Illinois Elections Board to be added to the ballot. SAUL LOEB/Getty

So far, West, 43, has missed the deadline to appear on ballots in North Carolina, New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, Florida and Indiana, and he didn't obtain the needed 10,000 signatures to be included on the South Carolina ballot.

To be included on the November ballots in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Maine, and Missouri, West has to provide state elections officials with the necessary signatures before the end of July.

In August, West will have an uphill battle and will need to garner signatures from supporters to appear on the November ballot in about 40 more states and the District of Columbia, according to Ballotpedia.

The Federal Election Commission and Ballotpedia list states with upcoming filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates, which include:

  • Alabama: August 20 (Ballotpedia)
  • Alaska: August (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Arizona: September 4 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Arkansas: August 3 (Ballotpedia)
  • California: August 7 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Colorado: August 5 (Ballotpedia)
  • Connecticut: August 7 (Ballotpedia) August 5 (FEC)
  • Delaware: September 1 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • District of Columbia: September 1 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Georgia: August 14 (Ballotpedia)
  • Hawaii August 5 Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Idaho: August 24 (Ballotpedia) August 25 (FEC)
  • Iowa: August 14 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Kansas: August 3 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Kentucky: September 4 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Louisiana: August 21 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Maine: July 25 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Maryland: August 3 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Massachusetts August 25 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Minnesota: August 18 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Mississippi: September 4 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Montana: August 19 (Ballotpedia)
  • Nebraska: August 3 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Nevada: August 14 (Ballotpedia)
  • New Hampshire: September 2 (Ballotpedia)
  • New Jersey: July 27 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • New York: July 30 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • North Dakota: August 31 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Ohio: August 5 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Oregon: August 25 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Pennsylvania: August 3 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Rhode Island: September 4 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • South Dakota: August 4 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Tennessee: August 20 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Utah: August 17 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Vermont: August 3 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Virginia: August 21(Ballotpedia) August 14 (FEC)
  • Washington: August 7 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • West Virginia: August 3 (Ballotpedia)
  • Wisconsin: August 4 (Ballotpedia/FEC)
  • Wyoming: August 25 (Ballotpedia/FEC)

If West is unable to gain enough signatures in each state, he can still be a write-in eligible candidate and would have to file paperwork in 33 states ahead of the November 3 election.

West, who officially filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on July 16 to run as an independent candidate, has received some public support of sorts from Elon Musk and to a lesser extent Mark Cuban, who tweeted after West announced his candidacy.

The public support from Musk and Cuban came days before Forbes published its interview with West, where he backed off his support for President Donald Trump, criticized Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden and expressed his lack of enthusiasm for a COVID-19 vaccine.

"That's the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can't cross the gates of heaven," he said about vaccines.

West, who held his first campaign rally in South Carolina last weekend, ranted on reproductive rights for women and made headlines after he said in an Associated Press report that Harriet Tubman, "never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people."

Meanwhile, Trump, who spoke with RealClearPolitics on July 7, said West's candidacy, "would be great trial run" for a 2024 campaign.