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Judge Decides To Keep Kanye West Lawsuit Over November Ballot In State Court

Wisconsin Elections Commission Tried To Move Case To Federal Court

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Kanye West speaks at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2016.
Kanye West appears at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Rapper Kanye West’s lawsuit demanding election officials place him on Wisconsin’s presidential ballot in November will remain in state court.

U.S. District Judge William Griesbach decided late Thursday to keep the matter in state court, rejecting the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s attempt to move it to federal court. Griesbach said the case should remain in state court in part because it’s the “proper forum” for cases that apply to state law, even state law that applies to federal elections.

West filed suit against the commission in Brown County Circuit Court after it voted to keep him off the state’s presidential ballot because he narrowly missed the deadline for filing nomination papers.

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