PHOENIX - Eight of Arizona’s 15 counties face a 5 p.m. deadline on Sept. 8 for printing ballots as the state Supreme Court mulls whether Kanye West should appear on the Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate.
The rapper is appealing a lower-court ruling last week that barred him from the ballot.
Maricopa, Pima, Apache, Mohave, Pinal, Cochise, Coconino and La Paz counties face a Sept. 8 deadline for printing ballots. The deadline for the remaining counties is late afternoon on Sept. 9.
West has 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.
Last week, West’s campaign turned in nearly 58,000 nominating signatures, well over the 39,000 needed to appear on the Arizona ballot.
A lawsuit against West accuses the rapper of serving as an election spoiler and argued that state law barred him from running as an independent candidate because he is a registered Republican.
West’s lawyers said their client’s status as a registered Republican in Wyoming was irrelevant to getting on the Arizona ballot. They said when West filed federal election paperwork, he listed his political party as “BDY,” an abbreviation for Birthday Party.