Kanye West qualifies for Idaho presidential ballot

FILE - Kanye West, center, bows his head in prayer during his "Sunday Service" at The Gateway in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. West has qualified to appear on Utah's ballot this November as an unaffiliated presidential candidate, an elections official said Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Colter Peterson/The Deseret News via AP, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Idaho’s presidential ballot this November as an independent candidate, the Idaho Secretary of State’s office said Tuesday.

Deputy Secretary of State Jason Hancock says Kanye turned in 1,022 verified signatures, meeting Idaho’s 1,000-signature minimum requirement.

West announced his independent bid in a tweet on July 4, but he has struggled to meet deadlines to make it on the ballot in several states. He has already qualified in Utah, Arkansas, Colorado and other states.

Former child actor and cryptocurrency entrepreneur Brock Pierce and perennial candidate Rocky de la Fuente have also qualified as independent presidential candidates in Idaho.

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