Emergency hearing granted in lawsuit to keep Kanye West off Virginia ballot

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 16:41:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- An emergency hearing has been scheduled for Thursday to hear a lawsuit seeking to keep rapper Kanye West off presidential ballots in Virginia.

This comes after Attorney General Mark Herring requested the emergency hearing Wednesday.

Attorneys for Perkins Coie filed a lawsuit in Richmond on Tuesday on behalf of two people who say they were tricked into signing an “Elector Oath” backing West’s candidacy.

Under state law, a candidate must have 13 electors pledge their support for a candidate as part of the criteria to appear on the ballot.

The lawsuit alleges that 11 of West’s 13 electors may be invalid and asks the court to block West’s name from appearing on ballots.

Wednesday, Herring also filed a response brief highlighting the "concerning evidence" brought forth in the lawsuit.

"The Commonwealth of Virginia, including the state elections officials and entities named as Defendants, does not tolerate any type of election fraud," Herring wrote. "Similarly, this Court has had little patience for keeping candidates on the ballot who have used underhanded and fraudulent tactics to 'steal a spot on the ballot."

Herring says he requested the emergency hearing because the deadline to print ballots is quickly approaching.

Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi Taylor will hear the case Thursday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.