Posted by By GeorgeM at 14 September, at 22 : 43 PM
I don't know why it's controversial, since Obama hasn't provided a shred of valid legal evidence of his Presidential eligibility. Hopefully they'll demand a certified copy of the LONG FORM birth certificate. We should actually vet the vault copy and microfilm, if they actually exist.
September 14, 2012 Kansas Election Officials Seek Copy of Obama's Birth Certificate By JOHN ELIGON KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 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. After a hearing on Thursday, the state's Objections Board, led by Kris W. Kobach, the conservative Republican secretary of state, said it needed more information before issuing a ruling, probably on Monday, on the challenge filed this week by Joe Montgomery of Manhattan, Kan. Mr. Montgomery's main argument was he believed that that under case law, to be eligible to become president, a person must be born in the United States to parents who are citizens. Mr. Obama's father was from Kenya. Mr. Montgomery also speculated that the birth certificate that Mr. Obama released last year may have been forged. But a lawyer for the Obama campaign, in a letter to Mr. Kobach, said that Mr. Montgomery's interpretation of the law was contrary to what the United States Supreme Court has held for "over a hundred years." Because no representative of Mr. Obama appeared at the hearing on Thursday and the only response his campaign provided was the one-and-a-half-page letter that the state deemed cursory, the board decided it could not rule immediately. "We're hoping to obtain that over the weekend," Brad Bryant, the state's election director, said of Mr. Obama's birth certificate. "And then 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." Mr. Bryant noted that in other states like Arizona, officials had also sought to verify Mr. Obama's birth certificate to ensure his eligibility for their ballots. A spokeswoman for Mr. Kobach's office said that the state was required to review objections to the ballot. In addition to Mr. Kobach, Kansas's Republican attorney general, Derek Schmidt, and Republican lieutenant governor, Jeffrey Colyer, will determine Mr. Obama's fate on the ballot. In a lengthy brief filed with the state, Mr. Montgomery, the communications director for the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, cited 19th-century case law in arguing that Mr. Obama was not a natural-born citizen. "Our nation's founders wanted to prevent our president from having any citizenship conflicts due to parents who were not citizens and who did not intend to become citizens," Mr. Montgomery wrote. Later, Mr. Montgomery wrote that "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." Mr. Montgomery did not respond to e-mail and telephone messages seeking comment. Fearing that the "birther" conspiracies had started to move into the mainstream, in large part because one of their loudest advocates was Donald Trump, Mr. Obama pushed back last year, releasing his long-form birth certificate. "We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers," Mr. Obama said at the time. A spokesman for the Obama campaign declined to comment on Friday. But in a letter sent to Mr. Kobach on Wednesday, a lawyer for the campaign wrote that both state and federal courts had rejected Mr. Montgomery's legal contentions. "These tired allegations are utterly baseless, and the objector's arguments are entirely without merit," the lawyer, Kip F. Wainscott, wrote. This challenge to Mr. Obama comes in a state where the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, is heavily favored, and where the electorate has shifted sharply to the right over the past couple of years. With the backing of the state's first conservative governor in decades, Sam Brownback, several far-right Republicans defeated moderate state senators in primary elections last month, opening the way for conservatives to win control of the State Senate. Conservatives already control the House, meaning the state is expected to swing even more heavily to the right, with major tax cuts and stringent social policies. Mr. Kobach is among Kansas's leading conservatives, having pushed for tougher voter identification laws, having helped write Arizona's controversial immigration law and having called two years ago for Mr. Obama to release his long-form birth certificate. Mr. Kobach declined an interview request on Friday. But The Topeka Capital-Journal quoted Mr. Kobach as saying on Thursday that the board was doing its due diligence. "I don't think it's a frivolous objection," he said. "I do think the factual record could be supplemented."
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