Kanye West Officially Names Michelle Tidball as Vice President in Ballot Filing Documents (UPDATE)

West has filed documents to be placed on the ballot in Arkansas. Along with himself, he added his running mate Michelle Tidball to the petition.


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UPDATED 8/4, 10:20 a.m. ET: According to a report from Intelligencer, at least two people tied to Kanye West’s presidential campaign are also active in GOP politics.

Chuck Wilton, who's one of West's electors in Vermont, will "also be a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Charlotte," per the report. Wilton said he got involved with West's campaign "through political contacts."

Gregg Keller, who's described in the report as a "prominent Republican operative" was also linked to West's campaign.

As for the status of said campaign, TMZ reports that he missed the deadline to appear as an independent candidate in Nebraska. He's also reportedly filed his candidacy in West Virginia and Vermont, while missing the deadlines in New York and Maryland.

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Kanye West officially added his running mate to his fight to be placed on ballots this fall. 

TMZ reports that Kanye has filed documents to be placed on the ballot in Arkansas. Along with himself, West added his newly confirmed vice presidential running mate Michelle Tidball to the petition. This makes Tidball West's official Vice President candidate after mentioning that Tidball will be his running mate in July.

For people who are confused about West's connection to Tidball—or who she is at all, Tidball is a 57-year-old white woman that Kanye met in Cody, Wyoming. She runs an online Bible study, works in a dental office, and is a self-described "biblical life coach." Along with charging $65 for a 50 minute one-on-one session, Tidball believes that she has Jesus on the mainline. 

A scholar of religious studies at the University of Wyoming and Tidball's former colleague, Mary L. Keller, told the New Yorker that Tidball considered herself an "online prophet."

"We went out for drinks, and she told me about this international group of people who are in touch with the divine and discuss it with each other," Keller said before stating that Tidball predicted that Trump would win the election. "To her, his election was evidence."

The pair of West and Tidball may seem odd to some, but Keller believes that they are actually a match made in heaven. 

"It made sense. They both believe they have direct access to God and read the world as evidence of that access," Keller said. "The religious imagination is about the only thing that can provide language for drought, flood, fire. ... I see Kanye and Michelle as the kinds of voices that people might turn to for a meaningful story in the face of climate change."

Yet, Tidball and Kanye have some hoops to jump through if they want to grace the White House. Kanye has to put together a list of 1,000 legit signatures and submit them to the state if he wants to be on the Arkansas ballot. This seems to be an issue for West's political team as Illinois is investigating the validity of the signatures Kanye submitted. West also missed the deadline to be considered an independent candidate in several states. 

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