Kansas Board Drops ‘Birther’ Attempt to Remove Obama from November Ballot


A Kansas ballot board scuttled an attempt to remove President Obama’s name from the November ballot Sept. 17, ending it’s investigation into a challenge of the president’s citizenship status and birth certificate and triggering a verbal flurry between a tea party activist and the Republican Secretary of State.

State Board of Objections Chairman and Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an informal adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said at the board’s meeting that documents from Hawaii satisfied him about Obama’s birthplace.

"The birth certificate on record with the state of Hawaii matches the birth certificate that is on the White House website. So I have no doubt". Kobach, is a conservative who has embraced forcing voters to produce ID at the polls and is the architect of several controversial voter ID laws.

The board quickly dismissed the latest spasm of skepticism that has dogged Obama since the 2008 presidential campaign but not without some Republican internecine drama.

During the meeting, a tea party activist from California who has been a persistent Obama critic, according to {NBC} affiliate {KSNT.com}, subjected Kobach to an unusual, and angry, confrontation.

Orly Taitz, a California dentist and attorney who has long been associated with the “birther” movement, said the board could not dismiss the objections because the source of the objections withdrew them “under duress.”

The all-Republican board’s action was the result of questions raised, and then withdrawn, by Joe Montgomery, a Manhattan, Kans. resident who asserted that because Obama’s father was a Kenyan he did not meet the constitution’s citizenship requirement for the presidency and that the birth certificate displayed by the White House was “doctored.”

But Montgomery, a communications coordinator for Kansas State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, withdrew his objections Sept. 14, four days after he filed them, saying that he had been the target of threatening phone calls. He said there has been "intimidation directed not only at me, but at people around me."
Taitz interrupted the board proceedings, insisting that because Montgomery’s objections were withdrawn “under duress” it couldn’t shut down their inquiry.

"You have evidence showing blatant forgery," she said. "This is a matter of national security."

Just before a flurry of statements occurred between Taitz and Kobach over the Kansas ballot challenge law, according to {lubbockonline.com}, Kobach ruled that her contention was untimely. "At this point," he said, "the board is without jurisdiction to rule on Mr. Montgomery's objection. We have no authority to hear someone else. I understand you have very strong objections."

According to mid-September{CNN} polls, Romney is likely to capture all six of the state’s electoral votes in November.

Kansas Board Drops 'Birther' Attempt to Remove Obama from November Ballot

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