Monday, June 21

Kanye Votes for Himself as Write-In Candidate – The New York Times

Kanye West, the hip-hop artist and fashion designer who launched an independent presidential bid earlier this year, cast a vote for himself on Tuesday in what he said on Twitter was his first time voting in a presidential election.

Because Mr. West, whose campaign began relatively late in the presidential race, failed to qualify for the ballot in Wyoming, where he lives, he was forced to vote for his own ticket as a write-in option.

“Keep believing Kanye 2020,” he wrote on Twitter, where he shared a video of his ballot. (Wyoming does not have laws forbidding photos of completed ballots.)

He subsequently shared a second video of his ballot being scanned, which he called “the first vote of my life.”

Mr. West’s campaign was dogged by questions from its inception. When the music mogul launched his bid, some Democrats feared that Mr. West, who has previously voiced his support for President Trump, could be a spoiler in competitive states, siphoning votes that might have gone to Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Though Mr. West ran as an independent — his party is called the Birthday Party — Republican-aligned political operatives were later found to be assisting Mr. West’s efforts to qualify for the ballot.

Even with the help, Mr. West’s candidacy was marked by a struggle to make the ballot in most states. The campaign missed the deadline in many states and failed to collect enough valid signatures in others.

But Mr. West does appear on ballots in a dozen states, including Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa.

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