According to a new report from Law&Crime, two of the 13 electors who pledged to get rapper Kanye West on the presidential ballot say he fraudulently obtained their signatures, and now they’re suing to have his name blocked.
“Under Virginia law, in order to be certified by the Virginia State Board of Electors (VSBE), independent presidential candidates are required to obtain and submit notarized oaths from at least 13 electors pledging their support for the candidate,” Law&Crime reports. “Those pledges must be submitted in addition to 5,000 signatures from qualified voters to ensure the candidate has some degree of support within the commonwealth. West’s candidacy in Virginia was certified by the board last week.”
Two people who signed Elector Oaths in support of West filed their lawsuit in the Virginia Circuit Court this Tuesday, saying there’s evidence to show that at least three of the signatures were obtained “under false pretenses” and they believe “at least eleven of the thirteen” oaths are not valid.
“As of the date of this Complaint, Plaintiffs have obtained evidence demonstrating that at least three of the Elector Oaths were obtained under false pretenses,” the lawsuit states. “News reports indicate that number is even greater. In each of the three cases of fraud that Plaintiffs have confirmed, the elector has submitted an affidavit stating that they do not support West’s candidacy for President; they have not committed to voting for him in the November election; and they were misled into signing the Elector Oath because the person”
The plaintiffs, Matthan Wilson and Bryan Wright, want the court to declare West’s candidacy invalid. Wilson says he was approached by a West representative who asked him to sign to be an “elector for the state,” saying his name “would be entered into a pool to be individually picked to be part of the Electoral College.” Wilson said he only later found out through a news reporter that the document he was signing was for West.
“Kanye West’s name was never mentioned,” Wilson said in his compliant.
Wright says the West campaign obtained his signature by saying he was only signing a petition to allow West on the ballot, not a pledge of support, according to Law&Crime.
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