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 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.

Related posts

  • Bat One

    It is now being reported that the governor of Hawaii has admitted privately that there are NO original records of Obama’s birth in Hawaii. None… nada…zippo! And while I agree that at this point this is an issue far less important than Obama’s domestic and foreign policy failures, his systemic ineptitude, and his corrupt disregard for the rule of law, still ya gotta tip your hat in the direction of those “birthers.” Until there’s an original document presented, this ain’t going away.

    • robert108

      You will find that story in the Reader Blogs.

  • maddog

    Bismarck! Are you listening?

  • flamemeister

    In Obama’s case producing final proof of his place of birth is important because (1) of the enormous secrecy surrounding all his other records, (2) the general fishiness of the whole birth certificate business, and (3) the enormous conspiracy of lies necessary to maintain this secrecy. In comparison to that, yes, whether or not he was really born in the U.S. is not that important.

    • SigFan

      Whatever he’s hiding it must be a whopping big can of whoopass that someone can open on him. No other explanation for the amount of money, effort and legal wrangling he’s deployed makes sense.

      • flamemeister

        We must also look to the future: How will this birth certificate/citizenship issue influence Obama’s trial for treason?

      • Bat One

        How about starting with his relationship with Bill Ayers, when both of them were at the Columbia Morningside Heights campus at the same time? And who convinced him to move to Chicago, and got him those nice, cushy foundation gigs? And who wrote the letters of recommendation that got him into Harvard Law? And how those three years were paid for, and by whom?

        Where Obama was actually born is of interest, and constitutionally significant. But the rest of his history and all that he’s been so very careful to hide, that’s a lot more intriguing and meaningful.

        • SigFan

          I agree. His birthplace is way down the list of things about him I would like to get answers to. All the legal maneuvering and expense he’s gone to isn’t to hide something innocuous. No one would go to those lengths unless there was some seriously damning evidence that person wanted to never see the light of day.

    • $8194357

      The total lack of transparency from a man who campained as a centrist open government platform..Does make folks wonder now doesn’t it.

      • flamemeister

        In years to come—should there be many—historians will consider it a point of wonder that someone was made president with virtually no knowledge of his past: his health records, his academic records, straightforward birth information, relationships to key people, etc., etc. It is a wonder to many now. This should never be allowed to happen again.

        • SigFan

          My fear is that those historians will be looking back on an extinct entity – the USA – and trying to determine what caused it’s demise. Liberalism and Obama are the clear and present danger. I wonder if we’re capable of standing up to it or if the country has just gone to soft, or people just don’t give a sh1t as long as they can watch their big screen and have a beer.

          • flamemeister

            What will be interesting about the Sovietization of America is that you are not starting with a poor peasant culture, but a rich culture where people are used to having damn near everything all the time. Instituting communism in a poor country will work for a time. But in our case, people are going to be outraged at going from riches to rags at all levels of society in a short period of time. No matter how benighted we might be, the rage will be of unusual proportions

  • Tollgrade

    No problem with showing the birth certificate. Obama will simply show the Certification of Live Birth, which is the official birth certificate of Hawaii, and the only one that Hawaii has issued since 2001, and Arizona will accept it.

    Hawaii’s governor, Abercrombie, did not say that the original birth certificate does not exist or that it could not be found. Only birther sites have claimed that he said it. Well, he didn’t say it or anything like it. AND in fact we know that there is an original birth certificate in the file because TWO Republican officials in the former governor’s administration stated that there is an ORIGINAL birth certificate in ther file in the first of their two confirmations. The second said that the document or documents in the file VERIFY that Obama was born in Hawaii.

    Obama’s Kenyan grandmother never said that he was born in Kenya. She said repeatedly that Obama was born in Hawaii, “where his father was studying.” And she said in a separate interview that the first that her family in Kenya had heard of Obama’s birth was in a letter from Hawaii. A letter from HAWAII.

    • flamemeister

      Problem solved, right?

  • HG


    This ain’t going away. In fact, the President’s good friend and apologist may have made matters much, much worse.

  • SigFan

    This was supposed to be a reply to Flamemeister, not sure how it got out of sequence.

    Interesting. Can a non-citizen be tried for treason? Or would that devolve to espionage?

  • $8194357

    Well this would be a big reason why He had the Holder in-justice dept declare war on Arizona.

  • Guest

    Birther slogfest. If it’s true, then armed revolution is morally mandated. The Tucson shooter was virtuous, correct? Or should we just sit around and be ruled by a foreigner?

    Challenge: Show me one birther who is not a euro-centrist asshat.

    I’m sure the Dems can come up with a white guy who is more progressive, if you would prefer.

    You racist c*nts are just sore because you supported a big-government, big-spending, constitution-trashing dbag and it resulted in a big shift in popular sentiment away from the results of your thought processes. Now that it is swinging back, you are getting ready to take out your anger at your own missteps on your opponents.

    F*cking tarts and their handlers and not much more.

    • Onslaught1066

      So, did your sister die yet? you never did say. I’ll bet she was happy the day you became an only child.

  • Mountainmouth

    That could be disastrous for Democrats in general.
    Rules, regulations, the Constitution – these should only apply to others

    It could spell the end of the Progressives if they were forced to play by the rules

  • JustRuss

    It would be truly sweet, if everything he signed while democrats had “absolute” power were suddenly annulled. But does anybody truly believe old Joe wouldn’t just sign it all into law again?

    Lets fight the battles that really need to be fought and let history show us how stupid we were to elect someone illegally to the highest office, if indeed that is what happened. It cannot be changed or undone now.

    On the other hand, small things like each state requiring absolute proof of birth to be placed on the ballot, especially if that legislation is going on in the background and not taking away from the important issues at the federal level.

    Well those things I can support. Go AZ! Now Missouri already passed the AZ style Healthcare Freedom of Choice Act, maybe we can follow up with a birth certification law as well.