Kanye West has continued on the path to the presidency and is now trying to vote in Ohio – an important swing state that could decide who will sit in the Oval Office after November.
His recent focus on the state of Buckeye comes after a turbulent month that included a bizarre first rally in South Carolina, a series of tweets that touched everything from abortion to fraud allegations made to his wife Kim Kardashian and concerns the rapper's mental health.
Meanwhile, some states were approaching the independent filing deadlines that 43-year-old Kanye must meet to be a serious contender.
However, to register for the Ohio poll, Kanye must collect 5,000 valid signatures by 5:00 p.m. next Wednesday.
TMZ reports that around 90 people are currently looking for signatures in Ohio.
Kanye has reportedly commissioned Let the Voters Decide to collect the necessary signatures in Ohio, West Virginia and Arkansas.
Securing the Ohio election would be a monumental victory for Kanye as the swing state has remained a constant indicator of who will become president of the United States.
Kanye West (pictured) tries to obtain 5,000 signatures for the Ohio presidential election. This is an important swing state that could impact the upcoming elections
President Trump won Ohio for the 2016 election with less than 5,000 votes.
Ohio has 16 votes that make it seventh in the United States.
Kanye made some progress last month after paying $ 35,000 to qualify for the Oklahoma presidential election.
He was able to do so after officially completing Form 2: Candidate Declaration and showed that he had collected or spent more than $ 5,000 on campaign activities.
Kanye also completed the first FEC form required to become a presidential candidate, the organization's statement, and is reported to be running under the "birthday party".
The State Election Board in Oklahoma received a notarized document from Kanye's campaign on July 15, declaring his candidacy as an independent president.
Oklahoma with almost 4 million inhabitants, which corresponds to seven votes from the electoral college, is very republican and was 65.3 percent for Donald Trump in 2016.
West submitted a document on Wednesday to run for an independent candidate in deep red Oklahoma who has 7 votes for the electoral college. At the top of the paperwork, he wrote & # 39; DONDA & # 39; s PLACE & # 39; as a tribute to his mother
Less than 29 percent voted for Hillary Clinton and almost 6 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.
Kanye has a better chance of voting in Arkansas and West Virginia, both of which have August 3 deadlines.
Volunteers for his campaign have been in West Virginia since last week to raise awareness of his presidency and seek signatures.
The volunteers are reportedly targeting malls and popular restaurants so he can qualify in more states.
It only takes 7,000 signatures to qualify in West Virginia and there are only 1,000 signatures in Arkansas.
His campaign has already submitted the necessary petitions to appear on Illinois, Missouri and New Jersey's ballot, but an invalid signature issue could affect plans.
In Illinois, the intelligence officer reports that Kanye's campaign has barely amassed the 2,500 signatures it took after desperate volunteers advertised in a supermarket parking lot next to the electoral building in just a few hours.
However, the validity of these signatures was quickly questioned and three separate objections to their legitimacy were raised.
One denier, Sean Tenner, claimed to find only 1,000 valid signatures among the approximately 3,200 signatures submitted.
Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian-West had a turbulent month that culminated in a “crisis talk” in Cody, Wyoming
Alvin Boutte, CEO of the Bronzeville Academy Charter School in Chicago, told the Chicago Sun Times that most of the signatures on Kanye's ballot paper do not match the signatures on the state's electoral roll.
Boutte also claimed that the addresses listed on Kanye's forms also did not match government records. The opposition was filed by Pericles Abbasi on behalf of Boutte
"We have already seen what happens when people with intellectual disabilities are in office," said Boutte, referring to President Trump.
"So I thought it was important to challenge someone who most of us currently see as mentally incapable."
Kanye West was open about his struggles with bipolar disorder. Last week, Kim wrote a letter on Instagram that looked at her husband's mental health.
"Those who understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor," she said.
“I understand that Kanye is criticized because he is a public figure and his actions can sometimes generate strong opinions and emotions. He is a brilliant but complicated person who, in addition to the pressure to be an artist and black man, has experienced the painful loss of his mother and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that are exacerbated by his bipolar disorder.
"Those close to Kanye know his heart and sometimes don't understand his words with his intentions."
"Complicated and Painful": Kim went to Instagram on Wednesday morning after West's nightly breakdown on Twitter and said she felt "powerless" in his fight against bipolar disorder
Make your voice heard: Kim signed the three-page note with & # 39; Kim Kardashian West & # 39;
In New Jersey, he was faced with similar accusations of forged signatures by election lawyer Scott Salmon.
Salmon described the signatures submitted by the rapper campaign as the "most outrageous" case of fraud he encountered, and they were "almost to some extent insulting".
Kanye had received 1,237 Garden State signatures, but Salmon found that around 700 of them were questionable. He needed 800 to vote.
In addition, Kanye did not comply with the New Jersey law and did not publish the names of the advertisers involved.
And, according to Salmon, half of Kanye's nominees in New Jersey were not eligible to vote.
One voter on the list was Victory Boyd, an R&B singer with close ties to Kanye, whose father John Boyd acted as the rapper's "spiritual advisor" to the South Carolina Presidential Assembly.
"These people are not" qualified voters "who can properly sign Mr. West's petition and their records are fatally inaccurate," Salmon wrote in a letter against the petition, the New Jersey Globe reports.
"It's up to me to prove that Kanye's petition is flawed. I'm not going to tweet all of my legal arguments right now, but the essence of the story is that we will have an on-screen part of the petition alongside the nationwide voter registration system.
The case will be heard on Tuesday this week.
“If everything fits, great. I don't want people's signatures to be returned if they are legitimate, "Salmon wrote." If things are not right, the judge will call to ask if the voter should be excluded. "
Missouri presidential candidates must submit 10,000 signatures. A spokesman for the state told People that electoral officials began checking signatures last week.
West's FEC filing shows that the funds for his campaign will go through the First Bank of Wyoming – a not surprising move since the Chicago-born artist who lives in California with his wife Kim Kardashian West, icon of pop culture, and their four children lives, has expressed his desire to move there.
He first announced his formal intention to run a tweet for the President of the United States on July 4.
“We must now deliver on America's promise by trusting God, uniting our vision and shaping our future. I'm running for the President of the United States! # 2020VISION & # 39; West wrote.
West announced on July 4 that he was running for president in November, but had not completed or submitted any FEC documents until Wednesday
Kanye has mentioned his interest in the presidency in recent years, but this latest statement has been taken up with action this time.
Just two days ago, Kanye broke his silence on Twitter to insist that his presidential abortion tears were not a breakdown, and expressed "concern for the world that you shouldn't cry about".
He added a backlash to his comments, which was an attempt to "distract, discredit, destroy, destroy".
Kanye wrote: "I cried at the thought of dropping off my firstborn, and everyone was so worried about me. I'm worried about the world that says you shouldn't cry on this. "
In a second tweet, Kanye added: There is a 4D tactic: distract, discredit, reject to destroy.
"I'm fine. Take a second and think about what's projected here."
Contested rapper Kanye West broke his silence on Twitter with two messages on Thursday
In a tweet he appeared and put the & # 39; four D & # 39; and asked his followers to take a second to think about what is being projected here
In another tweet on Friday, Kanye shared an article that seemed to further reduce planned parenting after criticizing the organization in recent weeks
This is just one of the many tweets or abortion statements Kanye has made in the past three weeks
In his third tweet, he shared an article in the New York Post about planned parenthood in the New York area that removed Margaret Sanger's name from a clinic in Lower Manhattan.
Sanger, who founded organizations that have grown into Planned Parenthood, will have their name removed because of their connection to eugenics.
A fourth tweet read: "Over 22,500,000 black babies have been broken off in the past 50 years."
Last week Kanye and Kim were seen having an emotional conversation after his wife flew to Cody, Wyoming for crisis talks.
It is the first time since the North Charleston, South Carolina campaign rally that the couple have been pictured together, where they officially launched their unlikely presidency offer.
The couple – the children north share seven; Saint, four; Chicago, two; and Psalm, one – had seen him hold crisis calls in his car after leaving a Wendy's fast food restaurant near his $ 14 million ranch.
Kim recently responded to rumors that she was "torn apart" because she could possibly divorce Kanye.
A representative of the mother of four has filed the claims on behalf of the star and told MailOnline that the reports are "absolutely not true".
Famous family: Kim and Kanye have four children in the north, seven, Saint, four, Chicago, two and Psalm, 14 months
The report, shared by People, quotes a source as saying, “She doesn't get back what she needs from Kanye. She was ready to fly to Cody to tell him that her marriage was over and say goodbye. & # 39;
People report that musician and fashion designer Kanye is busy working on her marriage. She recently apologized publicly on Twitter after sharing personal news that Kim was considering aborting her oldest child.
However, one source said the apology went as far as his repair efforts, saying, "He doesn't seem to understand what she's saying. He hasn't changed anything she told him that it needs to be changed. & # 39;
"Kim is very torn," added the source. “The last thing she wants is to get a divorce with four children. She knows that she will be financially well, but her worries are the children and the partnership. She is seeking divorce, but who knows whether she will actually sign papers. & # 39;
Kanye is said to have been stationed at his $ 14 million Wyoming ranch last year, while Kim and her four children only visited once a month.
The distance between the two was clearly a matter of dispute, as he said during Kanye's Twitter collapse last week, "My family has to live next to me," before adding, "It's no longer up to E or NBC."
Kanye said last Tuesday that Kim was "out of line" to meet Meek Mill at a Los Angeles hotel to talk about "prison reform" and blew up her mother Kris Jenner as "Kris Jong-Un" while they accused the couple of "white" domination. & # 39;
However, Kanye apologized to his wife in a tweet last week. He was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment for anxiety.
The rapper tweeted: “I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I didn't cover her the way she covered me. To (sic) Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me. & # 39;
Kanye West took the stage on Sunday at a rally at the North Charleston Exquis Event Center in South Carolina to reveal that he and his wife Kim Kardashian had considered aborting their daughter
During his first presidential campaign, the star discussed abortion and said his father wanted to abort him
Before his collapse on Twitter, Kanye raised concerns during a sprawling and messy speech at his first presidential meeting at the North Charleston Exquis Event Center in South Carolina.
He shockingly revealed that he and his wife Kim had considered aborting their daughter North, who is now seven years old, before receiving a "message from God".
His unwritten speech, which was delivered two weeks after his unlikely presidential application was announced, is said to have angered and alarmed his wife and family.
During the event, the rapper seemed to acknowledge that his family's comments had been negatively received. He explained that if his wife divorced him after the comments, he would still be grateful that she had North.
"Even if my wife divorced me after this speech, she brought North into the world when I didn't want to," he said.
Kanye was open about his fight against bipolar disorder and spent some time in hospital in 2016 after a "psychiatric emergency" that forced him to cancel 21 concert dates.
During his rally speech, Kanye, who wore a bulletproof vest shaved in his hair in 2020, said that Kim had "the pills in hand" in 2013 to have an abortion before he was inspired by God to have the baby .
"My friend called me crying and crying. I am a rapper. And she said I'm pregnant. She cried, ”he said.
Kanye said he was considering what to do when he received what he interpreted as a sign from God while working on his laptop in Paris.
& # 39; My screen went black and white. And God said if you fuck with my vision, I fuck with yours, ”he shouted. "And I called my girlfriend and said we will have this child.
"Even if my wife divorced me after that speech, she brought North into this world when I didn't want to."
The rapper burst into tears when he called: "She had the pills in her hand! I almost killed my daughter! & # 39;
The rally participants wore face masks, but removed them to go on stage and question West
Kanye also revealed that his father wanted to abort him, but his mother Donda "saved his life".
"My mother saved my life. My father wanted to abort me. My mother saved my life. There wouldn't have been a Kanye West because my father was too busy, ”he said.
Kanye spent much of the rally discussing abortion, announcing that he wanted women to receive government money for childbirth to prevent abortion.
"Abortion should be legal, but the maximum increase option should be available," he said.
"Everyone who has a baby gets a million dollars or so. No more plan B – plan A. & # 39;
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