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US 2020: Judges orders Kanye West off ballot

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Judges in Virginia and Arizona on Thursday ordered state officials to keep Kanye West’s name off ballots for the United States presidential election.

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Arizona Judge Scott McCoy ruled on a lawsuit seeking to bar him from appearing on the ballot as an independent candidate.

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The plaintiff Rasean Clayton through attorneys argued that West and 10 of his 11 electors are registered Republicans.

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The ruling came hours after a judge in Virginia, found that 11 of the elector oaths submitted by West “were obtained by improper, fraudulent and/or misleading means or are otherwise invalid because of notarial violations and misconduct.”

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Judge Joi Taylor of Richmond Circuit barred state elections officials from printing West’s name.

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Taylor directed officials in communities where his name already had been printed to provide notice to voters that he had been disqualified.

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Also this week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, sought to block West from appearing on the state’s ballot.

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West’s attorney Timothy LaSota had said that preventing the rapper from participating in the poll would reduce voters’ choices.

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West is now qualified to appear on the ballot in just 10 states in America.

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In July, the music and fashion mogul announced his presidential bid.

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His late entry into the race and reported efforts by Republicans to get him on states’ ballot have been linked to President Donald Trump.

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Critics say GOP’s strategy was to reduce votes for Joe Biden in battleground states on November 3.

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The Trump campaign has denied ties with West’s ambition.

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