On September 16, an Idaho state court ruled that Kanye West should remain on the ballot as an independent candidate for president. The judge said that the law only requires candidates who use the independent procedure to “state that such persons are offering themselves as independent candidates.” The decision says that because West signed that statement, he fulfilled the law. The decision says that whether he is registered as a party member is irrelevant. Idaho Democratic Party v Denney, cv-01-20-14470. Here is the 15-page decision.
This decision is a case of first impression. Never before had any presidential candidate been kept off any ballot, primary or general, on the basis of how he or she is registered. Many presidential candidates who have used the independent procedure in Idaho were registered party members in their home state. For example, Jill Stein used the Idaho independent procedure in both 2012 and 2016, yet she was a registered Green in her home state of Massachusetts. So the September 16 decision does conform to Idaho precedent.