Kanye West is still running for president, but in the state of Ohio, he failed to meet the requirements for his name to appear on the ballot. Ohio is now the fourth state to officially eliminate him.
“A signature is the most basic form of authentication and an important, time-honored, security measure to ensure that a candidate aspires to be on the ballot and that a voter is being asked to sign a legitimate petition,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a statement. “There is no doubt that the West nominating petition and declaration of candidacy failed to meet the necessary threshold for certification.”
New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Wests’ home state of Illinois are the three other states that have dropped the rapper from their ballots.
According to The New York Post, West had allegedly submitted 600 fake names in a bid to get on New Jersey’s ballot. Illinois dropped him for allegedly filing petitions with fake signatures, and Wisconsin took him off the ballot claiming he was late in filing his signature and papers.
The Post also reports that due to West’s failure to file a Federal Election Commission report — a report stating whether his campaign has raised or spent $100,000 — his campaign may be struggling.