“Arizona Secretary of State Threatens to Remove Obama from Ballot”

From the White House Dossier:

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett is threatening to keep President Obama’s name off the state’s ballot in November unless he receives confirmation from Hawaii that it has a valid birth certificate on file for him.

Bennett, who spoke to Arizona radio host Mike Broomhead Thursday, said he requested the confirmation eight weeks ago and has not gotten it. Hawaii, he said, does not have to supply a certified copy of the birth certificate, merely send him an email confirming that it has one.

Asked by Broomhead if he would remove Obama’s name from the ballot if Hawaii fails to comply, Bennett said: “That’s possible. Or the other option would be that I would ask all the candidates, including the president, to submit a certified copy of their birth certificate.”

Bennett said Hawaii law permits government officials to request verification of possession of a birth certificate in lieu of a certified copy.

“They could say yes tomorrow and the whole thing goes away,” Bennett said. “If they can’t say yes to that simple question, then it makes me wonder if we have to take it to another level. One way or another, we have to have some simple verification that people are qualified for the office if they’re going to be on the ballot here in Arizona.”

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2 Responses to “Arizona Secretary of State Threatens to Remove Obama from Ballot”

  1. messup says:

    Synopsis of Arizona’s Ballot restrictions, Hawaii’s non-compliance and Tim Adam’s affidavit

    The persistent theory, which has been addressed by various entities like urban legend investigative website Snopes.com to prove and/or actually believe, Mr. Obama’s claim to US citizenship is back in the news.

    Enter Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who claims he is not a birther but insists he must follow state law, ensuring that candidates on the ballot for president of the United States are indeed citizens.

    “I’m not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii — or at least I hope he was,” Bennett told Mike Broomhead in a radio interview on KFYI. “But my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure that ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met all qualifications for the office they are seeking.”

    Bennett said he would consider keeping Obama off the state’s ballot if Hawaii does not satisfy his request for verification. He insisted that his was not a political move, even though he has plans to run for governor in 2014, or a cave to the pressures of lunatic fringers but was instead a response to over 1,200 emails questioning President Obama’s citizenship. The Secretary of State noted that it had been eight weeks since he had initiated the request and was surprised by Hawaii’s non-response.

    Bennett also said that Hawaii state officials had been none too pleased with yet another request for authentication.

    It is a request that seems to have continued non-stop since 2008 and rumors began to spread that the then junior senator from Illinois might have been somewhere other than in the United States. It has continued even after the controversy reached a point where even the president himself petitioned the state of Hawaii to release the long-form of his birth certificate in 2010 to put the matter to rest. He had done so after business mogul Donald Trump, who at the time was speaking in terms of a possible GOP presidential run, made headlines with his doubts as to Obama’s place of birth. Trump even went so far as to claim he had investigators in Hawaii that had uncovered “interesting things” about the president, but those “things” were never disclosed.

    From Hawaii this development

    Former Hawaii elections clerk Tim Adams has now signed an affidavit swearing he was told by his supervisors in Hawaii that no long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate existed for Barack Obama Jr. in Hawaii and that neither Queens Medical Center nor Kapi’olani Medical Center in Honolulu had any record of Obama having been born in their medical facilities.

    Adams was employed at the City and County of Honolulu Elections Division from May 2008 through September 2008.

    His position was senior elections clerk, overseeing a group of 50 to 60 employees responsible for verifying the identity of voters at the Absentee Ballot Office. It was in this capacity that Adams became aware of the search for Obama’s birth-certificate records.

    During the course of my employment,” Adams swears in the affidavit (viewable in full as part 1 and part 2), “I became aware that many requests were being made to the City and County of Honolulu Elections Division, the Hawaii Office of Elections, and the Hawaii Department of Health from around the country to obtain a copy of then-Senator Barack Obama’s long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate.”

    As he inquired about the birth certificate, he says, his supervisors told him that the records were not on file at the Hawaii Department of Health.

    “Senior officers in the City and County of Honolulu Elections Division told me on multiple occasions that no Hawaii long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate existed for Senator Obama in the Hawaii Department of Health,” Adams’ affidavit reads, “and there was no record that any such document had ever been on file in the Hawaii Department of Health or any other branch or Department of the Hawaii government.”

    Besides a:1)verifiable Birth Certificate forgery, 2)now a definitive affidavit stating a record of birth in Hawaii for Mr. Obama is non-existent and 3)an Associated Press reporter stating Mr. Obama was Kenyan-born, one has to conclude… If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck…must be a duck. God Bless America. Amen.

  2. Jim22 says:

    Holy crap.

    “Bennett also said that Hawaii state officials had been none too pleased with yet another request for authentication.” What’s this all about? Since when do state employees ‘Get tired’ of having to fulfill requests for information from other state governments?

    messup, we need some links to follow. We can do the search but it would take a lot less time if we had a starting point.