COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Rapper Kanye West will remain off Ohio’s fall presidential ballot after a decision Thursday by the state’s high court.
In a unanimous ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court found that Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose acted lawfully when he rejected the nearly 15,000 signatures and other paperwork the rapper submitted. LaRose cited mismatched information on the signature-gathering documents.
Attorneys for West’s campaign in Ohio sued, arguing that it was LaRose’s duty to accept any petition for an independent candidate as long as there is no protest filed against the petition and that it doesn’t violate Ohio law.
Justices ruled LaRose did not abuse his discretion or clearly disregard applicable law.
West has made the ballot in 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont.
The business mogul publicly supported Republican President Donald Trump before announcing his own presidential bid on July 4.