Beyond the marquee matchup of Biden vs. Trump, there are five more names on Idaho’s presidential ballot, from Kanye West to Rocky De La Fuente.
Rap star West’s ballot status is under legal challenge, but ballots already are being printed. And Idaho is notorious for having an easy process to get on its ballot; back in 2008, a Texas prison inmate, Keith Russell Judd, appeared on the ballot for the state’s Democratic presidential primary simply by sending a $1,000 check from his prison account.
Idaho was the only state where Judd made the ballot; at the time, then-Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said, “We got conned.” But the Democratic primary that year was of no legal significance anyway, as the party was using caucuses to select its presidential electors.
For the general election, there are two ways candidates can qualify for the Idaho’s presidential ballot: Either be the certified nominee of a recognized political party, or, when filing as an independent, submit at least 1,000 verified signatures of registered Idaho voters. All seven of Idaho’s current general-election presidential candidates have met one or the other of those criteria.
The four recognized political parties in Idaho with ballot status are Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Constitution Party. “The chair of the party does that certification,” said Jason Hancock, deputy Idaho secretary of state.
So here are the candidates those four parties have certified:
Republican: Incumbent President Donald Trump and incumbent Vice President Mike Pence. Trump’s campaign website is donaldjtrump.com, where he touts his “America First” platform, promising to “lower taxes, repeal and replace Obamacare, end stifling regulations, protect our borders, keep jobs in our country, take care of our veterans, strengthen our military and law enforcement, and renegotiate bad trade deals.” Pence is the former governor of Indiana and served in Congress for 12 years.
Democrat: Former Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris of California. Biden’s campaign website is joebiden.com, where he promotes his “Build Back Better” platform, promising to “rebuild the backbone of the country: The middle class,” while also offering detailed proposals issues ranging from jobs to racial equity to energy. Harris is the former California attorney general and currently serves in the U.S. Senate.
Constitution Party: Presidential nominee Don Blankenship of Henderson, Neveda; and running mate William Mohr of Michigan. Blankenship’s campaign website is donblankenship.com, where he touts his “Third Way for America,” based on “equality,” “ethics” and “exactness.” The former CEO of Massey Energy served a year in federal prisonand a halfway house on misdemeanor charges of conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws related to a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion in which 29 workers died. Mohr is a former truck driver who chairs the Michigan affiliate of the Constitution Party.
Libertarian Party: Presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen of Greenville, South Carolina, and running mate Jeremy “Spike” Cohen of Boston. Jorgensen’s campaign website is jo20.com, where she advocates U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations and NATO; free-market economic policies; and decriminalizing drug use. Jorgensen, who was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for vice president in 1996, is a psychology instructor at Clemson University with advanced degrees and a background in high-tech; Cohen is a retired web designer and podcast host.
Jorgensen’s campaign bus tour is bringing her to Idaho this week, with stops planned Wednesday in Boise and Thursday in Idaho Falls.
The three independent candidates who are currently scheduled to appear on the Idaho presidential ballot — assuming the court challenge doesn’t remove West — are:
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente of San Diego, who on his candidacy papers asked that he be listed on the ballot as Rocky “Rocky” De La Fuente, and running mate Darcy Richardson of Jacksonville, Florida. De La Fuente’s campaign website is rocky101.com. A businessman and perennial candidate, De La Fuente has run multiple times for president and Congress, and has run as a Democrat, Republican, third-party candidate and independent. Richardson is a former Democrat and founder of the Florida Peace and Freedom Party.