N.H. Considers Proof Of Citizenship Requirements For Presidential Candidates
March 14, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Lawmakers in New Hampshire have introduced an amendment that would require Presidential candidates to present birth certificates when filing their candidacy application for the State-run primary election.
The New Hampshire primary is significant because it is traditionally the first of the Presidential election season. The bill, if approved, would not take effect until January 2013. It was originally scheduled to become law 60 days after passage, but legislators pushed back the start date to diffuse any perception that the amendment was aimed at President Barack Obama, whose citizenship has been questioned by some conservative activists.
"We recognize the potential problems," State Representative David Bates (R-Rockingham) told the New Hampshire Union Leader. "It created the appearance that it was all centered on putting barriers in the way of President Obama."
According to CNN, lawmakers in at least 10 States have introduced bills that would require Presidential candidates to prove that they were born in the United States. The controversy was ignited when many grass-roots conservatives began questioning Obama's eligibility for the nation's highest office. Obama's supporters say newspaper clippings from the time and a short form birth certificate that has been released prove he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Among the claims made by supporters of the "birther" movement are that the commander-in-chief was born in Kenya, he had dual American-British citizenship at birth because of his father's Kenyan heritage and the long form of his birth certificate — the original document of record — has not been proven to exist.