Kansas GOP officials end consideration of removing Obama from November ballot
Update on the objection being withdrawn below.
The Kansas State Objections Board is considering removing President Barack Obama from the November ballot because of doubts over his place of birth, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
The panel of Republicans, which consists of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, received a complaint from a resident who claimed Obama was not a natural born citizen and therefore ineligible to be president.
Obama has been dogged by questions about his eligibility to serve as President of the United States since 2008. Some of the so-called “birthers” believe Obama is not a natural born citizen because his father was a British subject.
“As for Mr. Obama’s citizenship, there are many doubts,” said Joe Montgomery, who filed the ballot challenge. “Doing the right thing can be hard and unpopular.”
Courts have ruled that anyone born within the borders of the United States is a natural born citizen under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of the citizenship of their parents.
The Kansas State Objections Board has requested documentation of Obama’s birth from Hawaii, Arizona and Mississippi.
In an attempt to quiet the “birther” conspiracies, Obama released his long-form birth certificate last year. It confirmed what his other birth certificate released in 2008 said: the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961.
But Montgomery claims “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.”
Hawaii officials have insisted the birth certificate released by Obama is authentic.
Update (9/12/12): Joe Montgomery reportedly emailed the Kansas secretary of state Friday afternoon withdrawing his objection to Obama’s presence on the ballot. He told The Huffington Post that the public reaction to his request played a role in his decision to withdraw it. “I didn’t file this objection with the desire to involve anyone else. This is me expressing myself on a personal political level,” he said. “I would appreciate it if people would not call anyone associated with me, whether a personal or professional association.”