We’ve been tracking legislation in 14 states that in some way limits access to the ballot for President and Vice President to persons who prove they are eligible for the office. These are popularly called “birther bills” because some of them include language designed to exclude Barack Obama’s published Certification of Live Birth1 as proof of where he was born. Many demand a certified photocopy of the original certificate filed by the hospital with the State of Hawaii (the so-called “long form”), rather than the standard computer-generated form the State now issues. The birth certificate Obama released shows that he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961, but it doesn’t include the name of the hospital or the doctor who delivered him.2
The chairman of the New Hampshire House Election Law Committee, David Bates, says that their bill will be amended so that it does not go into effect until 2013, proving that the bill is not about Obama. House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt issued a statement opposing the bill in any form.
Extensive coverage of the New Hampshire is being provided by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.
Update: The House Election Law Committee voted 18-0 to recommend that the bill be rejected by the full House. The bill is being put on an expedited list for a full vote with no debate.
- Obama Conspiracy Theories list of “Birther Bills”
- Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Doesn’t Really Say He Was Born in Hawaii
- Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate is a forgery – Part 1
1Hawaii’s Certification of Live Birth form has come under such derisive attack from Obama eligibility deniers, that the State has since renamed it a “Certificate of Live Birth”, the term used by most other states. Misinformation about this document is widespread, and we have given it extensive coverage on this web site over the past 2 years.
2Birthers contend that Barack Obama’s parents fraudulently registered him as being born at home, while really being born in Kenya. The “long form” would distinguish between a hospital birth and a home birth. So far President Obama has not given permission for the release of this long form birth certificate, and so it remains protected from disclosure by Hawaiian law.