Kansas Republicans to Obama: Show Us Your Birth Certificate or We’re Taking You Off the Ballot
The New York Times reports:
Kansas election officials on Friday were seeking to obtain a certified copy of President Obama’s birth certificate as they determined whether to allow him to remain on the ballot after a state resident challenged his citizenship, reigniting long-running conspiracy theories that the president was not born in the United States.
The challenge on whether to allow President Obama to remain on the ballot comes from a man named Joe Montgomery who says he doesn’t believe President Obama meets the qualifications to be President of the United States.
Joe Montgomery says he believes the birth certificate offered by President Obama is a fake.
In his letter challenging Obama’s place on the ballot, Montgomery wrote “Mr. Obama has failed to provide any valid, certified documentary evidence to legally establish birth in this country, much less to citizen parents. Further there is substantial evidence showing that much of Mr. Obama’s alleged birth certificates have been forged or doctored, and have not been confirmed as legally valid, true and accurate.”
The Kansas Secretary of State, also head of the Objections Board, said he does not view Montgomery’s challenge as frivolous, and will issue a decision soon, probably on Monday.
The state’s elections director, Brad Bryant, says he needs to see a copy President Obama’s birth certificate in order to make a decision, and when the birth certificate is received, they will “reconvene Monday in the morning to consider that document, put it in the record and then make a decision on whether the name of Barack Obama will be on the ballot.”
Kansas is a largely conservative state, and so the people who will be deciding if President Obama remains on the ballot are mostly Republicans.
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