SPRINGFIELD – Hip-hop star 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.
To qualify, West had to submit at least 2,500 signatures. However, the hearing officer determined he only had 1,200 valid signatures.
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.
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.”