Arizona Close To Passing Legislation To Require Birth Certificate From Presidential Candidates

This bill was introduced in the Arizona legislature last year as well, in the wake of (and overshadowed by) the state’s nationally-controversial illegal immigration law, but now the same legislator is sponsoring it again and she has quite a lot of support.

A plan in Arizona to require presidential candidates to prove their eligibility to occupy the Oval Office is approaching critical mass, even though it has just been introduced.

The proposal from state Rep. Judy Burges, who carried a similar plan that fell short last year only because of political maneuvering, was introduced yesterday with 16 members of the state Senate as co-sponsors.

It needs only 16 votes in the Senate to pass.

In the House, there are 25 co-sponsors, with the need for only 31 votes for passage, and Burges told WND that there were several chamber members who confirmed they support the plan and will vote for it, but simply didn’t wish to be listed as co-sponsors.

I’ve long felt birtherism to be a little silly. I believe the circumstantial evidence of Obama’s citizenship to be entirely convincing, and that those who continue to push the angle that Obama isn’t a citizen are grasping at straws.

That being said, I’ve no problem with a state making a birth certificate a requirement for getting on the ballot as a Presidential candidate. Being a naturally-born citizen is, after all, explicitly required by the US Constitution. I don’t see why any state shouldn’t be allowed to verify fulfillment of that constitutional requirement before allowing a given Presidential candidate on the ballot.

Back when this controversy first erupted I was a little surprised that some sort of verification wasn’t already being done.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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