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Wisconsin judge keeps Kanye West off ballot

Kanye West at first presidential campaign rally CNN Newsource.PNG
Kanye West at first presidential campaign rally (Photo: CNN Newsource)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) — A Wisconsin judge has denied Kanye West's request to appear on the state's presidential ballot.

Brown County Circuit Judge John Zakowski made the decision Friday, determining West's nomination papers were indeed turned in seconds after the 5 p.m. filing deadline.

Attorneys spent about three hours Wednesday night arguing exactly when West's nomination paper were filed.

The rapper filed suit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission in Brown County court following its decision to leave him off the ballot.

In addition to West, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is fighting to appear on the state ballot.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is handling Hawkins' lawsuit after he too was denied a spot on the ballot from the commission.

In response to the two cases, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a halt in the mailing of absentee ballots until it gives the go-ahead or makes any future ruling about who should be on the ballot in the critical battleground state.

Besides President Trump and Joe Biden, two other candidates will appear on the presidential ballot: Libertarian Party candidate Jo Jorgensen, and American Solidarity Party candidate Brian Carroll.