The Wisconsin Election Commission voted in a 5-1 ruling to prevent West from appearing on a November ballot. The commission ruled that West had failed to meet signature requirements, claiming that an election lawyer who delivered the signatures qualifying West for the ballot had dropped them off after normal business hours.
Lane Ruhland, an election attorney working to secure ballot access for West, allegedly dropped off his qualifying ballot signatures after 5PM on August 4th. The election commission rules that West is ineligible for the ballot on these grounds.
One Commissioner, Robert Spindell, voted against the majority, arguing that the signatures were delivered to the WEC on time and claiming that the Democrats on the elections council were trying to keep West off the November ballot to protect Democrats. The longtime rap artist has been discussed as a possible contender for a significant share of the black vote, possibly siphoning enough votes to deny Democrat Joe Biden a victory in crucial swing states.
West continues to seek ballot access in many other American states, some of which could prove to be crucial swing states in the November election. His late-entry campaign is currently organizing to attain ballot access in the states of Arizona, Minnesota and Iowa.
Why is the Wisconsin Election Commission denying ballot access for the only black major candidate to run for President?
Iowa Certifies Republican Congressional Candidate as Winner by SIX VOTES
The closest congressional election in decades.
The Iowa State Board of Canvass voted on Monday to certify a Republican congressional candidate as the winner of an election for the state’s 2nd district, with a recount leaving Mariannette Miller-Meeks up on Democrat Rita Hart by a mere six votes.
The final standing result for the election of Iowa’s 2nd congressional district leaves Miller-Meeks with 196,964 votes, and Hart with 196,568 votes. Miller-Meeks’ margin of victory had stood at 47 votes before a mandatory recount, dwindling to a final lead of a half dozen. The election is slated to become the closes congressional race in the United States since 1984, and the closest in Iowa since 1916.
Hart is expected to legally challenge the vote after Monday’s certification. A GOP victory in the Democrat-leaning swing district would be the 14th Republican pickup this year, significantly eroding the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives.
“While the race is extraordinarily close, I am proud to have won this contest and look forward to being certified as the winner,” said Miller-Meeks, an Iowa State Senator representing Ottumwa on Saturday when declaring victory. “It is the honor of a lifetime to be elected to serve the people of eastern and southern Iowa. Iowans are tenacious, optimistic and hardworking, and I will take those same attributes to Washington, D.C., on their behalf.”
The recount process had proven dramatic, with results of Miller-Meeks’ outstanding lead placed in jeopardy when a recount board identified and counted dozens of absentee ballots that weren’t previously accounted for. It’s likely Hart will litigate in hopes of getting county clerks to count additional ballots that had been ruled unlawful.
As the nation demands answers to allegations of pervasive election misconduct and voter fraud, it’s worth noting that only a handful of ballots can overturn the end result of many local, county, and state elections. Let no illegal ballot infiltrate the final count, and let no legal vote go uncounted.
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