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Kanye West. Photo by Phil Romans.

Presidential candidate Kanye West has until July 27 to get on the ballot in New Jersey

Entertainer who entered race on Saturday faces 4 PM deadline on July 31 if he wants to be on the New Jersey general election ballot

By David Wildstein, July 06 2020 1:59 pm

If Kanye West wants to be on the ballot in New Jersey in the November general election, he’ll need to file nominating petitions with 800 signatures by 4 PM on July 27.

The entertainer and entrepreneur entered the race on Saturday.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” he said on Twitter. “I am running for president of the United States!””

Signatures can be obtained electronically for independent candidates this year, according to an executive order signed in May by Gov. Phil Murphy.

West would also need to add a running mate and fourteen electors to vote for him if he were to carry New Jersey in the general election.

The deadline to run as an independent presidential candidate has already passed in several states, including New York.

West has already picked up the endorsement of Tesla’s Elon Musk, if the corporate leader was serious about his July 4 tweet.

“You have my full support,” Musk told West.

So far, no independent presidential candidates have piled petitions to run in New Jersey.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly used tomorrow’s 4 PM deadline for independent candidates.  Presidential candidates have an extra 20 days.

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