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Kanye West Withdraws Petition to Get on NJs 2020 Ballot

TRENTON, N.J.—Kanye West withdrew his petition to appear as a presidential candidate on New Jerseys ballot, according to an email chain between a judge and what appears to be the rappers campaign email address.

In email correspondence obtained by The Associated Press, an unidentified person writing from a Kanye 2020 address tells Administrative Law Judge Gail Cookson that West is dropping his effort to appear on New Jerseys ballot.

“At this time, Kanye 2020 has no further option than to regrettably withdraw from New Jersey and cease further efforts to place Mr. Wests name on the New Jersey ballot,” the Kanye 2020 email said late Monday.

Cookson replied Tuesday, accepting the withdrawal.

“I will consider this email as a request for a withdrawal of your petition to be placed in nomination for the President of the United States in the State of New Jersey,” Cookson wrote.

Election law attorney Scott Salmon objected to Wests petition last month, arguing that it failed to pass legal muster because signatures were incomplete and in some cases appeared written in very similar handwriting.

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Rapper Kanye West holds his first rally in support of his presidential bid in North Charleston, S.C., on July 19, 2020. (Randall Hill/Reuters)

Salmon, who is a registered Democrat but brought the complaint on his own behalf, reacted positively to the news that West had withdrawn.

“I am glad that the Kanye campaign has realized that their petition was so deficient that it wasnt even worth defending,” Salmon said in a phone interview. “It sort of highlights the fact that it shouldnt have been submitted in the first place.”

The New Jersey petition showed a number of signatures looked nearly identical, including lower-case is dotted with a small circle. Some signatures lacked complete addresses. On the petition, West listed his residence as Cody, Wyoming, where he bought two ranches in the areaRead More From Source

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