Kanye West cast a vote in the 2020 presidential election today. Needless to say, his first time voting was one to remember.
West, the hip-hop artist and fashion designer, launched an independent presidential bid earlier this year. Today, he cast a vote for himself in what he said on Twitter was his first time voting in a presidential election.
West shared a video of his ballot being scanned, which he called “the first vote of my life.”
“The first vote of my life. We are here to serve. We pray for every servant leader in the world,” West tweeted.
The rapper and presidential candidate, meanwhile, posted pictures documenting the experience after casting his vote. He was wearing a face mask and sporting an “I Voted” sticker on his blue sweatshirt.
“I VOTED,” the tweet says.
Kanye West Writes in His Own Name
Because West’s campaign began relatively late in the presidential race, he failed to qualify for the ballot in Wyoming, where he lives. However, West’s name was on the ballot in 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont.
As a result, he was forced to vote for his own ticket as a write-in option.
“God is so good,” West says. “Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it’s for someone I truly trust…me.”
The Kanye West campaign had its share of questions from the very start. When the music professional launched his bid, some Democrats feared that he could hurt them in competitive states. They thought he may steal votes that might have gone to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Even though he ran as an independent — his party is called the Birthday Party — West was found to have received help from Republican-aligned political operatives in helping him qualify for the ballot.
Furthermore, even with the help, West still struggled to make the ballot in most states. The campaign missed the deadline in many states and failed to collect enough valid signatures in others.