Kanye West files lawsuit to get on Wisconsin ballot

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Artist Kanye West has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission in order to get on the ballot in the state for the presidential election.

The commission voted last week to keep West off the ballot because he missed the deadline to file nomination papers by minutes. 

The deadline was 5 p.m. on Aug. 4, but using video evidence and witness testimony in a special teleconference meeting last week, the commission -- made up of three Democrats and three Republicans -- concluded that West's campaign missed the deadline.

West's campaign filed the lawsuit in Brown County.

Democrats have questioned the motives of the West campaign since Republican operatives have worked on the campaign to get the rapper on ballots in various states, including Wisconsin.

In 2016, President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes, raising the prospect that a high-profile candidate could impact that 2020 race between Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

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