Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The state Elections Commission voted Thursday to keep rapper Kanye West off Wisconsin's presidential ballot in November — rebuffing supporters of President Donald Trump who have been pushing West's spoiler campaign.
On a 5-1 vote, the bipartisan commission ruled that West's team failed to file its nomination by the deadline of 5 p.m. Aug. 4. The panel is made up of three Republicans and three Democrats.
The commissioners rejected the argument made by West's attorney that the rapper's team actually had until 5:01 p.m. to file.
West is running on the Birthday Party ticket with vice presidential candidate Michelle Tidball.
"I regret it's the case," said Commissioner Dean Knudson, a former GOP state lawmaker appointed by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester. "I do not feel they filed timely."
All three Democrats and two Republicans voted to keep West off the Wisconsin ballot.
Only Robert Spindell, a Milwaukee Republican, favored putting the rapper-turned-politician on the ballot. Spindell was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.