A bill before the Arizona legislature would establish a procedure for vetting a presidential candidates before they could appear on the ballot.
In contrast to all these citizen lawsuits, someone is finally doing something sensible. If the people of Arizona through their legislature want to establish procedures to make sure only eligible candidates appear on the ballot, that is their right.
I have some concerns about the constitutionality of the bill as it stands now. It requires documentary proof that the “candidate is a natural born citizen.” It’s vague in that it doesn’t say what the standard of proof is. And if it said what the standard is, it would be defining “natural born citizen” which is not a state prerogative.
Nevertheless, it’s an interesting approach, and I would cheer a constitutionally sound bill to vet a candidate. Maybe if Arizona passes the bill, and someone candidate challenges it, the Supreme Court might actually define natural born citizen. Stranger things have happened.