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Kanye West campaign responds to Wisconsin ballot challenge

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Rapper Kanye West's legal team has responded to a challenge to keep his name off Wisconsin's presidential ballot.

According to the response filed Monday, West challenged the assertion that the nomination papers were filed late.

Attorney's for West filed the response on the campaign’s behalf.

Election officials will make a recommendation to the Wisconsin Election Commission, a bipartisan group of three Democrats and three Republicans, which will ultimately decide whether West’s name will appear on the ballot.

A good portion of the 23-page response argued the petition was filed on time, despite signatures entering the building after 5 p.m.

ABC affiliate WISN-TV in Milwaukee reports that according to the campaign, election officials said the petition was filed at 14 seconds after 5 p.m. The West campaign argues Wisconsin’s no later than 5 p.m. deadline essentially means the petition isn’t late until 5:01.

The challenges also ask the commission to void signatures, citing numerous issues, including that some people were misled into signing the petition. The campaign dismissed claims people were tricked into signing the petition and argued the challengers failed to prove the information was false – including names or addresses – despite signatures signed by Mickey Mouse, Bernie Sanders, and Kanye West.

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