The Kanye West presidential campaign has blamed, among other things, an iPhone clock for missing the deadline to file nomination papers to be included on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin this Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.
West’s campaign is arguing he belongs on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin even if his campaign turned in his nomination signatures 14 seconds after the 5 p.m. deadline Aug. 4.
The 23-page document, filed Monday, says a state Elections Commission staffer told a West campaign aide that she turned in the nomination papers 14 seconds after the deadline. State law says the papers had to have been filed by “not later” than 5 p.m.
“The statutory provision does not distinguish between minutes and seconds,” lawyer Michael Curran of Spring Green said in the filing.
Beyond that, Curran argued that the nomination papers should count even if his campaign was late. He said West’s team was hindered by state election officials, who locked their agency’s door, and an “overly aggressive” media and Democratic operative…
The filing was made in response to two challenges to West’s nomination papers… Democrats are concerned a West candidacy could siphon votes from former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat who is set to face Republican President Donald Trump in November. One Wisconsin Republican source says the goal is for West to get 107,000 votes here, about what Libertarian Gary Johnson did in 2016.
But in the response to the two complaints, West’s team argue that the rapper-turned-politician has come under fire because of his race. “People of color have long been marginalized in this country,” Curran wrote… Curran dismisses a video and tweet by a WISN-TV (Channel 12) reporter that Ruhland and her assistant entered the building 18 seconds after 5 p.m. Curran also challenged a video by a Democratic Party staffer that suggested they arrived about 20 seconds after the deadline.
That video, Curran said, used an iPhone clock to track Ruhland’s entrance. Curran said such clocks are notoriously faulty.
“No comment” as woman enters election commission building just after 5p in Madison to drop off signatures for Kanye West pic.twitter.com/zVxePn5Fe2
— Matt Smith (@mattsmith_news) August 4, 2020
MacDailyNews Take: iPhone’s Clock app’s time is based on GPS data. For accuracy, Apple has curated their own network time servers around the world (“Stratum One”-level Network Time Servers; one level down from an atomic clock), located around the world connected via GPS antennas to GPS satellites orbiting the earth, which all get their time information from the U.S. Naval Observatory Atomic Master Clock. The servers then communicate with iPhones around the world via the Internet. Test your iPhone Clock app’s accuracy by comparing it to the live U.S. Naval Observatory’s Atomic Master Clock.