Kanye West Files First Federal Candidate Paperwork, will Appear on Oklahoma Presidential Election Ballot

FILE – This Nov. 17, 2019, file photo shows Kanye West on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. West will be on the Oklahoma presidential election ballot, as Oklahoma Board of Elections spokeswoman Misha Mohr says a West representative filed the necessary paperwork and paid the $35,000 filing Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to go on the state’s Nov. 3 presidential ballot. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Kanye West’s unconventional presidential bid showed life Wednesday as Oklahoma officials confirmed he will appear on the November general election ballot.

In a separate development, a group called Kanye 2020 filed the first federal election forms for West’s candidacy.

Christian Hillland, deputy press officer for the Federal Election Commission, confirmed in an email to USA TODAY that his office had received required candidate Statement of Organization paperwork Wednesday from the political committee.

The form states that candidate Kanye West is seeking the office of the president, with his party affiliation listed as “BDY.” West, 43, said in a July 8 Forbes interview that he was running for president in 2020 under a new banner — the Birthday Party.

The FEC form named Andre Bodiford as committee treasurer. USA TODAY called the number on the form for Bodiford, but the call was not answered.

A Statement of Candidacy form had not been filed with the FEC on West’s behalf, which would trigger candidacy status under federal campaign finance law, Hilland said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Bryan Alexander