A big h/t to beloved FellowshipOfMinds member tina!
On April 19, Arizona’s House of Representatives voted 31-22 in favor of a requirement for presidential candidates to produce their birth documentation if they want their name on the state’s ballot in 2012. This means that Obama will have to show his original birth certificate — not the online image of the Certification of Live Birth — if he hopes to be on Arizona’s ballot in 2012.
The bill now awaits the approval of Arizona’s Senate.
Bob Unruh of World Net Daily reports that two more states — Georgia and Oklahoma — may be joining Arizona!
In the state of Georgia, Rep. Mark Hatfield has introduced House Bill 1516, which, he said, recognizes the need “for some sort of enforcement mechanism with regard to Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.” The Constitution states: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Hatfield said that although it’s really the responsibility of members of Congress to make sure a foreign-born individual or dual citizen isn’t installed in the White House, but there’s no leadership in Washington to do that, so it is up to states to tackle the issue. As he put it,
“If Congress was being responsible about this, Congress would step in and enact reasonable requirements. In the absence of action by Congress states have a duty to step up.”
Hatfield explained that the bill he introduced “is basically a bill that would provide some teeth to the Article 2, Section 1 by requiring presidential candidates in the future to submit an affidavit showing their citizenship and age, and their residency, and appending to that documents that would prove citizenship, age and residency.” He said he used as a model the legislation that now is nearing approval in Arizona.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Oklahoma also has pending in a legislative committee a referendum that could be put before voters, which would require birth documentation from presidential candidates. The NCSL also says that in 2009, various plans to require documentation from presidential candidates were considered in Maine, Oklahoma, Missouri and Montana but were not adopted.
To read the rest of Unruh’s article, CLICK HERE.
~Eowyn & Steve