Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Kanye West's campaign says he belongs on the ballot even if he filed nomination papers 14 seconds late

From JSOnline:

Daniel Bice
Milwaukee Journal Sentine

Kanye West's presidential campaign in Wisconsin may be coming down to a matter of crucial seconds. 
West's campaign is arguing he belongs on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin even if his campaign turned in his nomination signatures 14 seconds after the 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. 
The 23-page document, filed Monday, says a state Elections Commission staffer told a West campaign aide that she turned in the nomination papers 14 seconds after the deadline. State law says the papers had to have been filed by "not later" than 5 p.m. 
"The statutory provision does not distinguish between minutes and seconds," lawyer Michael Curran of Spring Green said in the filing.
"For the average observer, arriving before 5:01 p.m. is arriving 'not later' than 5 p.m. The phrase 'not later' is particularly instructive in that it indicates the presumption that the seconds from 5:00:00 to 5:00:59 are inclusive to 5 p.m. As the statute states '5 p.m.,' for something to be filed later than '5 p.m.' it would have to be filed at 5:01 p.m."
What BS.  In other words, because Kanye West is a mentally ill celebrity, the rules don't apply to him. 

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