Attorney for Kanye West campaign asks VA AG to recuse himself from ballot access case

Attorney for Kanye West campaign asks VA AG to recuse himself from ballot access case
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Source: Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - An attorney representing the campaign for presidential candidate Kanye West has filed a motion asking Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to recuse himself from representing the State Board of Elections in a ballot access lawsuit.

The suit, filed by Perkins Coie, LLP, seeks to remove the performer, who is running as an Independent, from the November 3 ballot.

The case, Wilson v. Virginia State Board of Elections, is in Richmond Circuit Court, which will hear Christopher K. Kowalczuk’s motion Thursday afternoon.

Click here to see the motion to recuse.

“Given Mark Herring’s public statements indicating that he will side with his party’s efforts, and against the voters of Virginia, to deny Mr. West ballot access, he should immediately recuse himself from this case,” Kowalczuk said. “It is striking and ironic that Mark Herring would involve himself in an effort to deny an African-American a place on the ballot in Virginia given the current national conversation surrounding the disparate treatment of African-Americans in American society. This effort to limit voters’ choices in their presidential candidates is an anathema to the Republic and the commonwealth of Virginia.”

Herring is a Democrat who plans to run for reelection as attorney general, having decided not to run for governor.

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