Kanye West’s petition to appear on New Jersey ballot ‘contained more than 600 defective signatures’

Kanye West’s petition to appear on New Jersey’s ballot as a presidential candidate contained more 600 defective signatures, many of which had very similar writing, according to a formal complaint filed with the state Wednesday.

Election law attorney Scott Salmon, a registered Democrat, filed the objection with the state Division of Elections after reviewing the more than 1,300 signatures the rapper had submitted.

West managed to exceed the requirement of 800 signatures to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate in time for the deadline on Monday. 

Salmon, however, highlighted a number of issues with West’s submission which he  described as ‘egregiously bad, almost to a degree insulting’, Politico reported.  

‘Mr. West’s petitions do not contain the valid signatures of 800 qualified voters and should have been rejected by the Division,’ Salmon wrote.

The petition shows that a number of signatures appear nearly identical, including lower-case i’s dotted with a small circle. Some signatures lack complete addresses. 

West’s spokesperson directed questions to what appeared to be a campaign email address. A message seeking comment was sent to that address.

The Division of Elections did not respond to an emailed message seeking a response.

In the weeks since launching his presidential bid on July 4, the rapper has made a series of bizarre Twitter rants and held a campaign event where he broke down in tears, sparking concerns over his mental health. 

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