Superstar Kanye West fell short of qualifying for the Illinois ballot as an independent presidential candidate by 1,300 signatures, according to the official review on Friday of the nominating petitions submitted by the Illinois native.
The determination by a hearing officer will be presented to the Illinois State Board of Elections on Aug. 21, when it is set to finalize the Nov. 3 ballot.
To qualify for the ballot, West had to submit at least 2,500 signatures. However, the hearing officer determined he only had 1,200 valid signatures.
Sean Tenner, the 46th Ward Democratic committeeperson, said he was moved to challenge West’s petitions after hearing the rapper and designer tell a crowd in South Carolina on July 19 that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.”
“She just had the slaves go work for other white people,” West said.
Tenner said those remarks angered and upset him, prompting him to see if West had managed to get enough signatures to qualify for the Illinois ballot.
“Celebrity or not, everyone has to follow the rules,” Tenner said. “He didn’t come close.”