A bill signed by 94 Georgia state House members would require all presidential and vice presidential candidates to present a birth certificate to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office before they can be put on the statewide ballot.
The Presidential Eligibility Assurance Act, House Bill 401, would demand of each candidate a long-form birth certificate, a sworn statement that the candidate has never been a citizen of another country and a confirmation that the candidate has lived in the U.S. for the previous 14 years.
During the 2008 presidential elections, allegations were raised that then-candidate Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen, which spurred him to release documentation from Hawaii confirming his birth in that state.
Rep. Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross, the lead author on the bill, is skeptical of the documentation.
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The document is a certificate of live birth from the state of Hawaii, valid for use in court proceedings and is considered by Hawaii a legitimate birth certificate.
But Hatfield called on Obama to release the actual piece of paper issued at his 1961 birth.
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