West sues Ohio SOS for ballot access

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
August 27, 2020: Kanye West filed a lawsuit in Ohio seeking to be placed on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell will speak on the final day of the Republican National Convention.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“At least nine 2020 presidential candidates spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention including Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar along with Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Tim Ryan, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Three others who seriously considered running for president also spoke including Georgia State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and Sens. Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown. Of course Joe Biden spoke in his capacity as vice president, and he went on to win the nomination four years later.

But neither of the 2016 presidential nominees spoke at their respective conventions in 2012. …

So while you’re watching the rest of the convention, remember there will never be a shortage of people who think they should and can and will be president one day. But what matters more is what primary voters will be looking for and how many choices they have.”

– Nathan Gonzales, Roll Call

Election Updates

  • Ranked choice voting will not be used in Maine for the presidential election after a court decision allowed a veto referendum on RCV on the ballot. With Maine ballots set to be printed by Friday, an appeal is considered unlikely.

  • Joe Biden tweeted a video statement about the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, and the ensuing demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He said that “protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary, but burning down communities is not protest. It’s needless violence.” Biden also said he spoke with Blake’s family.

  • Thirty-four former 2012 Romney presidential campaign staffers, calling themselves Romney Alumni for Bidensigned an open letter backing Biden’s campaign.

  • Donald Trump will accept the Republican presidential nomination in a speech from the White House on Thursday night. Ivanka Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sen. Tom Cotton are also speaking on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

  • In an interview with the Washington ExaminerTrump said he would request drug tests before the presidential debates.

  • Kanye West filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) seeking to be placed on Ohio’s ballot after LaRose’s office disqualified his petition, saying there were mismatched signatures in his paperwork.

Flashback: August 27, 2016

The Clinton campaign launched an ad focused on Donald Trump’s statements about and to Black voters.blank

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