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Posted by on May. 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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Arizona Election Official Might Leave Obama Off Ballot

President Barack Obama (Creative Commons)
President Barack Obama (Creative Commons)
Arizona's top election official said in a radio interview on Thursday that there is a chance President Barack Obama might not make the state's November ballot due to lingering questions about his birth certificate, the Washington Post reported.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican who is considering a run for governor to succeed Gov. Jan Brewer (R) in 2014, told conservative radio host Mike Broomhead that he is "not a birther."

"I believe that the president was born in Hawaii — or at least, I hope he was," Bennett said in an interview with KFYI. "My responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure that the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications of the office they are seeking."

Last April, Obama released the long form of his birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii, but some doubts remain. Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio spent six months investigating the President’s birth certificate, alleging it was forged.

Bennett said efforts to reach officials in Hawaii for verification of Obama’s birth certificate have not produced a response other than requests for proof of Arizona laws that show he has authority to seek the information, according to ABC15 Arizona.

“For some reason, for eight weeks, they haven’t been willing to say ‘yes,’” Bennett said. “They could say ‘yes’ tomorrow and the whole thing goes away.”

Some political analysts predict that Arizona could be a competitive battleground state in the general election, according to USA Today. Tension has built between state officials and the Obama administration over issues such as illegal immigration.

Obama’s Justice Department sued the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office earlier this month, alleging that Arpaio had led the practice of racial profiling against Latinos. Arpaio has dismissed the lawsuit as a political stunt to court Latino voters. Ticker

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by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Arizona has lost it.  Perhaps it will be the epicenter of the zombie plague.

by on May. 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM
Wow! Some republicans are getting psycho and scary.
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by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM
Voter suppression
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by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM
It wouldn't bother me if he didn't make the ballot in Texas
But that can't be legal to leave someone off the ballot expecially the president is it?
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by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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by on May. 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Is that even legal?! LOL

Arizona has lost it!
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by Nerdilicious on May. 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I blame the damn elderly snowbirds who flood the state every year right around election time. During the months of April to October, Arizona polls Democratic, but between late October to March hordes of senior citizens flock here and drown out the full year residents. Most of them vote conservative or tea party candidates and the pool is full of crazies.

by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Can we keep arizona out of the union?
Damn sunfried weirdos.
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by Silver Member on May. 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

The only way snowbirds can vote in Arizona or any other state is if they are legal residents of that state  Therefore they are not snowbirds they are actual residents of that state.

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