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State Board Delays Decision on Obama's Candidacy

MontgomeryJoe Montgomery speaking during the meeting of the State Objections Board. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

UPDATE - Montgomery tells the Manhattan Mercury that he's withdrawing his challenge, due to animosity directed at him and others close to him.



A state board is requesting more information before they decide if President Barack Obama will appear on the November election ballot. The State Objections Board is considering a challenge that claims Obama isn’t eligible to run for president because he hasn’t proven his citizenship. The board is made up of the secretary of state, attorney general and lieutenant governor, all Republicans. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.




Manhattan Resident Joe Montgomery challenged Obama’s eligibility because the president’s father was born in Kenya. He also questioned President Obama’s birth certificate, because it hadn’t been scrutinized by a legal body like a court of law.

“I’m sure he’s got lots of things he can put on his websites and use as campaign announcements and advertisements. But as far as presenting a legal document, I think that would be the first thing he would have wanted to do in 2008.”

Obama has posted a copy of his birth certificate online and Hawaii officials have verified the information in it. But Secretary of State Kris Kobach wasn’t satisfied with the letter provided on behalf of the president, because it didn’t include any supporting documents.

“It is disappointing that the legal representative for the Obama campaign did not provide a more robust response.”

Staff will request documents form Hawaii and other states. The State Objections Board could make a decision on Obama’s candidacy on Monday.

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