According to the East Valley Tribune, a new bill being introduced by Rep. Judy Burges in the Arizona legislature stems from the Obama “birther” controversy. The bill, according to the Tribune, would require candidates to provide certifiable evidence of their US Citizenship and place of birth to be on the ballot for president.
“With what’s happening throughout the world, we need to make sure that our candidates are certifiable,” Burges said.
I personally think that it would be a good thing, given all the rumors and doubts about the two leading candidates in the last election, that some of the states do take on the responsibility of verifying candidates’ credentials. I was troubled, however, by the article’s comment:
The kind of certification Burges wants, though, could be more difficult than simply checking for a valid birth certificate, as the arguments about his legal qualification go beyond whether he was actually born in Hawaii.
I cannot see each state independently defining “natural born citizen” for a federal office.