Just moments before a 5 p.m. Monday deadline, petitions were filed at the State Board of Elections for entertainer Kanye West as an independent candidate for president.
According to Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the board, an independent this year needs 2,500 valid signatures to get on the Nov. 3 ballot, and West's campaign filing included 412 pages.
The deadline for people to object to the petitions is July 27. More than 30 people filed for offices from president to U.S. Senate and House and state legislative seats.
West has met the requirements to appear on Oklahoma's presidential ballot, the Associated Press reported last week, but confusion remained over whether he was actually running.
West had already missed deadlines to qualify for the ballot in several states, and New York Magazine's "Intelligencer" had quoted West advisor Steve Kramer saying "he's out."
But TMZ reported that the West campaign had filed a statement of organization July 15 with the Federal Election Commission, stating that the Kanye 2020 committee would serve as principal campaign committee for a West candidacy.
In Illinois, Monday marked the end of the filing period for third-party and independent candidates.
There were reports that people outside the board of election's headquarters in Springfield were still collecting signatures Monday.
"A couple of our employees were asked to sign," Dietrich said. "We can't sign, of course."
West, who grew up in Chicago, was joined by some lesser-knowns seeking federal office on the Illinois ballot. Among others filing Monday for president or vice president were Leonard Peltier of Sumterville, Fla., on the Party for Socialism and Liberation; and Brian Carroll of Visalia, Calif., and Amar Patel of Lombard, with the American Solidarity Party.
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