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Kanye West announced on Twitter that he’s running for President of the United States in 2020. Even though it may feel late in the game, he actually still has time to file as an independent with the FEC in the majority of states. But in some states, he’s already missed his chance according to filing deadlines — and some of these states were rich with electoral votes.

Here’s what you need to know.

Some State Deadlines Are Coming Up Really Fast

In order to get on the ballot in each state, an independent candidate for President must meet the state’s requirements by the filing deadline. These requirements often include a certain number of signatures. Although West has missed the ballot in some states, he still has time in many other states to file. But some state deadlines are coming up really fast.

Here are the filing deadlines. These include deadlines for the FEC for “filing petitions.” Ballotpedia also lists filing deadlines in each state.

First are the states and deadlines he’s missed (unless, in some cases, he already filed a petition with the FEC.) These are deadlines shared by the FEC and Ballotpedia.

  • Arizona – FEC 6/14 (state deadline is 9/4/2020)
  • Connecticut – FEC 1/21
  • Illinois – FEC 6/26
  • Indiana – 9/1 for the FEC, but Ballotpedia lists 6/30 for the state so this deadline may be over
  • Maine – 8/15 for the FEC, but 6/1 for the state according to Ballotpedia
  • New Mexico 9/12 for Independent candidates for the FEC, but 6/25 for the state according to Ballotpedia
  • New York 8/22 for independent candidates for the FEC, but 5/26 for the state according to Ballotpedia
  • North Carolina – FEC 6/30, 3/3 for the state according to Ballotpedia
  • Rhode Island – FEC 6/28
  • South Dakota – FEC 6/20 deadline, 8/4 for the state
  • Texas – FEC 5/8 (independent)
  • Washington – FEC 7/1

According to these deadlines, he’s missed his opportunity in some electoral-rich states like Texas and New York. Could he make an argument that the deadlines should have been extended because of the pandemic? Possibly, but it’s not known if that argument would work.

Here are the states with independent petition deadlines still to come. This list includes the FEC’s petition deadlines and the deadlines for states as shared by Ballotpedia.

  • Alabama – 8/31 for FEC,  8/20 for state with 5,000 signatures
  • Alaska – 8/9 for FEC, 8/5 for the state with 3,212 signatures
  • Arkansas – 8/7 for FEC, 8/3 for the state with 1,000 signatures
  • California – 8/11 for FEC, 8/7 for the state with 196,964 signatures
  • Colorado – 7/10 for the FEC, 8/5 for the state if qualifying with a fee of $1,000 and not signatures
  • Delaware – 9/1 for the FEC, 9/1 for the state with 7,141 signatures
  • D.C. – 8/15 for the FEC
  • Florida – 7/15 for the FEC, 7/15 for the state with 132,781 signatures
  • Georgia – 7/11 for the FEC, 8/14 for the state
  • Hawaii – 9/8 for the FEC, 8/5 for the state with 4,377 signatures
  • Idaho – 8/24 for the FEC, 8/25 for the state with 1,000 signatures
  • Indiana – 9/1 for the FEC, but Ballotpedia lists 6/30 for the state so this deadline may be over
  • Iowa – 8/18 for the FEC, 8/14 for the state with 1,500 signatures
  • Kansas – 7/31 for the FEC, 8/3 for the state with 5,000 signatures
  • Kentucky – 8/8 for the FEC, 9/4 for the state with 5,000 signatures
  • Louisiana – 8/4 for the FEC, 8/21 for the state with 5,000 signatures or $500 fee
  • Maine – 8/15 for the FEC, but 6/1 for the state
  • Maryland – 8/7 for the FEC, 8/3 for the state with 10,000 signatures
  • Massachusetts – 8/1 for the FEC, 8/25 for the state with 10,000 signatures
  • Michigan – 7/20 for the FEC, 7/16 for the state with 30,000 signatures (at least 100 from at least half of the state’s congressional districts)
  • Minnesota – 9/12 for the FEC, 8/18 for the state with 2,000 signatures
  • Missouri – 7/31 for the FEC, 7/27 for the state with 10,000 signatures
  • Montana – 8/9 for the FEC, 8/19 for the state with 5,000 signatures or 5% fo all votes cast for the successful candidate
  • Nebraska – 9/1 for the FEC, 8/1 for the state with 2,500 signatures
  • Nevada – 7/7 for Independent candidates for the FEC, 8/14 for the state with 9,608 signatures
  • New Hampshire – 9/6 for the FEC, 9/2 for the state with 3,000 signatures
  • New Jersey – 7/31 for the FEC (state not known)
  • New Mexico 9/12 for Independent candidates for the FEC, but 6/25 for the state according to Ballotpedia
  • New York 8/22 for independent candidates for the FEC, but 5/26 for the state according to Ballotpedia
  • North Dakota – 9/8 for the FEC, 8/31 for the state with 4,000 signatures
  • Ohio – 8/24 for the FEC, 8/5 for the state with 5,000 signatures
  • Oklahoma – 7/15 for the FEC, 7/15 for the state with a filing fee of $35,000 or signatures
  • Oregon – 8/29 for the FEC, 8/11 for the state with signatures
  • Pennsylvania – 8/1 for the FEC, 8/3 for the state with 5,000 signatures
  • South Carolina – 7/15 for the FEC, 7/15 for the state
  • Tennessee – 8/17 for the FEC, 8/20 for the state with 275 signatures
  • Utah – 8/30 for independent candidates for the FEC, 1,000 signatures by 8/17 for the state
  • Vermont – 9/21 for the FEC, 8/21 for the state with 1,000 signatures
  • Virginia – 8/25 for the FEC, 8/21 for the state with 5,000 signatures
  • West Virginia – 8/1 for the FEC, 7/31 for the state with 7,144 signatures
  • Wisconsin – 9/5 for the FEC, 8/4 for the state with 2,000 signatures
  • Wyoming – 8/23 (independent) and 8/21 (third party) for the FEC, 8/25 for the state with 4,025 signatures

Some of the state deadlines he’s missed are for electoral-rich states like Texas and New York. In total, he’s likely missed the deadline for 12 states. So winning, especially with missing the deadline in delegate-rich states, could be very difficult.

Of course, there’s another option — write-in ballots. But that’s an even tougher road than running as independent and appearing on the ballots. Back in 2016 when many people wanted to write-in Bernie Sanders for President, only a few states allowed write-ins without the candidate’s registration, and some registrations required early deadlines.

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Mountain West Conference will delay football season

The Mountain West Conference, home to San Jose State, has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.

The Mountain West announced Monday the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports contests and MW championship events in response to ongoing challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release from the conference, the board announced fall sports affected by the decision include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students, student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and overall communities,” Dr. Mary Papazian, president at San Jose State University and Chair of the MW Board of Directors said in the MW statement. “Through the hard work of many over the past several months, the conference made every effort to create an opportunity for our student-athletes to compete, and we empathize with the disappointment this creates for everyone associated with our programs. The best interests of our students and student-athletes remain our focus and we will persist in our efforts to forge a viable and responsible path forward.”

Now the 12-team Mountain West, which includes San Jose State, Boise State, Air Force, San Diego State and others, joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring.

“Since the start of the pandemic, our membership and staff have been working diligently to prepare for a fall sports season,” Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said in the statement. “We were hopeful we could carefully and responsibly conduct competition as originally scheduled with essential protocols in place. However, numerous external factors and unknowns outside our control made this difficult decision necessary. I fully understand the impact of this outcome on our student- athletes, coaches, administrators and staff who work so hard daily to play the sports we all love, and I share in their disappointment. We will continue to navigate this pandemic together, overcome the obstacles and return to intercollegiate athletics at the earliest opportunity.”

The conference will consider options for bringing the sports back in the spring.

“For the sports that have been postponed, we will continue to plan for a number of future scenarios, and look forward to additional guidance from our governor, county officials and the NCAA,” San Jose State athletic director Marie Tuite said in the statement.

The Mountain West’s decision comes less than a week after it announced plans to play an eight-game conference football season and allow its members to pursue two nonconference games. That news was met with optimism that perhaps college football would be played this fall.

Within 48 hours, the mood had changed again. In California, anyway.

The California Department of Public Health issued a 34-page document Friday afternoon with COVID-19 guidelines for institutions of higher education.

Included in he guidelines was that spectators would not be allowed at games. Obviously, that would costs schools millions in lost ticket revenue.

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