Butler County Times Gazette
  • Obama's spot on ballot secure in Kansas

  • President Barack Obama's place on the November election ballot in Kansas is now secure.
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  • TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Barack Obama's place on the November election ballot in Kansas is now secure.
    The all-Republican State Objections Board on Monday formally ended its review of whether the Democratic president should be listed as a candidate for re-election.
    The board's action came after Manhattan resident Joe Montgomery dropped his objection. Montgomery said Friday he was withdrawing his challenge because of what he called intimidation directed at him and people around him.
    But California lawyer and dentist Orly Taitz showed up at the meeting demanding to speak. She told board members they were ignoring evidence questioning Obama's citizenship. That brought an angry response from Topeka progressive activist T.J. Gaughan. He and a few other Obama supporters shouted at Taitz.
    A security officer ordered them outside.
    Kansas election officials said Thursday that they want more information before deciding whether to remove President Barack Obama from the state's November ballot.
    The all-Republican State Objections Board heard arguments Thursday on a claim from a Manhattan, Kan., resident that Obama is not eligible to be president because his father was from Kenya. The resident, Joe Montgomery, also questions whether Obama has a valid birth certificate.
    The notion that Obama was born anywhere other than in Hawaii has long been discredited, and the White House released his long-form birth certificate last year. Hawaii officials also have repeatedly confirmed his citizenship. His mother was a Kansas native.
    The state board was led by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an ardent voter ID proponent who during his successful 2010 campaign suggested Obama should produce his long-form birth certificate to quell doubts about his status. The board's other members were Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.
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