A judge has barred Kanye West from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot in Arizona, concluding that a voter who challenged his candidacy would probably prevail and had established the possibility of an irreparable harm if the rapper’s name were to appear on the ballot.
Lawyers for Arizona resident Rasean Clayton, who filed the lawsuit over West’s candidacy, had argued that putting West on the ballot would create confusion for voters. The decision Thursday by Judge Scott McCoy said that Clayton’s argument was likely to prevail in court.
The decision came a day after West’s campaign turned in nearly 58,000 nominating signatures, well over the 39,000 needed to appear on the Arizona ballot. Over the last 10 days, more than 120 people living in other states have registered in Arizona as paid signature gatherers for West, who announced his presidential campaign July 4.
West has already qualified to appear on the ballot in several states, including Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Tennessee and Utah. He didn’t qualify in Ohio, Montana, West Virginia, Wisconsin and other states, though he has filed lawsuits challenging some of those decisions.