Court keeps Kanye West off Virginia ballot

The Supreme Court of Virginia on Thursday rejected an attempt by Kanye WestKanye Omari WestHarris's stepdaughter makes Paris Fashion Week debut Caitlyn Jenner: My family not 'involved whatsoever' in gubernatorial bid Chris Rock, 'SNL' cast reflect on 'messed up' year in politics, pop culture during season finale MORE to be placed on the state's general election ballot, upholding and earlier ruling.

Earlier this month a judge in Richmond, Va., sided with state prosecutors who argued that 11 of West’s 13 electors were invalid and obtained by improper or fraudulent means. West’s lawyers appealed the ruling days later.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) touted the Thursday ruling, saying that West’s inclusion in the ballot would have thrown the election in “complete chaos.”


“This case could have thrown the election into complete chaos and disenfranchised thousands of Virginians - this ruling will help ensure every single vote is counted this fall,” Herring said on Twitter. 

The ruling comes a day before the state begins in-person absentee voting on Sept. 18. The state also faces a Sept. 19 deadline to mail absentee ballots, which are in high demand this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

West embarked on a long-shot presidential campaign in July and has used at least $6 million in his own funds on his campaign, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission filings. 

The rap mogul has failed to make the ballot in most states and has polled in the low single digits when included in surveys.