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A lawyer playing a major part in a California lawsuit urging officials to prevent the state’s 55 Electoral College votes from being recorded for Barack Obama until questions about his citizenship are resolved has written to county clerks around the state, seeking an investigation into a process that has allowed a dead woman to be listed as an official elector.
According to Gary Kreep, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation, the clerks have been advised about the “irregularity” in the list of electors provided by the Democratic Party in California.
“In the 28th Congressional District (Congressman Howard Berman), situated in
Los Angeles County, Ilene Huber is listed as the presidential elector
designated in that district. However, as shown in the attached certified
statement of Dean C. Logan, registrar-recorder/county clerk of the county of
Los Angeles, state of California, there is no Ilene Huber listed as a
registered voter in the County of Los Angeles. A statewide search of public
records has revealed only one Ilene Huber in the state of California, and
she is deceased-a copy of her certificate of death is attached hereto as
well,” the advisory said.
“Further, according to Chris Myers, director of research for the California
Democratic Party, who submitted the list of presidential electors for the
Democratic Party to the office of the California secretary of state, there
are additional, undisclosed, ‘errors’ in the list of electors. This
admission was made in a telephone conversation with a representative of the
American Independent Party on or about November 20, 2008,” the letter continued.
“It is therefore respectfully suggested to you that an investigation be made
by each of your respective offices into the accuracy and validity of the
list of presidential electors submitted for the ballot in your respective
counties. It is believed that an attempt will be made to ‘revise’ the list
of such electors so that those named individuals that were selected by the
voters will be replaced by other names. Such ‘revisions’ will, in all
likelihood, result in litigation being filed to challenge such attempts to
alter the ballot post election, and may result in your county being included
as a defendant therein,” it said.
Kreep said the integrity of elections in the U.S. needs to be maintained, or “the vote of the people becomes merely something that can be ignored by those who hold the reins of political power at the moment.”
Kreep previously told WND that because of the lack of proof of Obama’s U.S. citizenship and the consequent questions over his ability to meet the Constitution’s requirement that only a “natural born citizen” can be president, the Obama administration will be considered by some to be fraudulent.
“We will file lawsuits on his actions, every time. As long as we have money , we will keep filing lawsuits until we get a decision as to his citizenship status,” he previously told WND. “We’re already talking to groups who are willing to be plaintiffs.”
As WND reported, Kreep filed a legal challenge in California with presidential candidate Alan Keyes as a plaintiff questioning Obama’s birthplace.
The complaint urges the California secretary of state to refuse to allow the state’s 55 Electoral College votes to be cast until the issue of Obama’s eligibility to hold office is resolved.
The case is one of more than a dozen legal challenges brought over Obama’s citizenship. The cases all cite Obama’s clouded history and the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that a president be a natural born citizen.
There have been allegations Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as his campaign has reported, that he could be considered a British subject because of his father’s residency in what then was a British protectorate that later became Kenya, and that the “Certificate of Live Birth” posted on his website simply shows his mother registered his birth in Hawaii after he was born, but does not document a location of birth.
There also have been questions raised about his travels as a youth, including the years he spent registered as a Muslim in an Indonesian school, and his later travels to Pakistan and on what nation’s passport he traveled.
The California action was filed on behalf of Keyes, as well as Wiley S. Drake and Markham Robinson, both California electors.
“Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void, Petitioners, as well as other Americans, will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal,” the action challenges.
U.S. State Department officials declined to respond to WND inquiries about the process for keeping a U.S. citizenship while attending schools in Indonesia, or the possibility of a U.S. citizen keeping that status while traveling on another nation’s passport.
But several online “fact” sites have contended that the concerns over Obama’s citizenship are much ado about nothing.
Factcheck.org, for example, has posted an image described as Obama’s “birth certificate.” But within the image can be seen the words “Certificate of Live Birth,” which is not the same document. In Hawaii at the time Obama was born the state issued a “Certificate of Live Birth” to a parent registering a birth, but it does not indicate the location of the birth.
“FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate,” the group said in a statement accompanying the image of the “Certificate of Live Birth.”
The website Snopes.com also attested to Obama’s U.S. citizenship, citing information from the campaign.
“In Hawaii, a Certification of Live Birth is issued within a year of a child’s birth to those who register a birth abroad or one that takes place outside a hospital,” she said.
“There’s the matter that Obama traveled to Indonesia, Pakistan, Southern India and Kenya in 1981. He said he went to Indonesia to see his mother. This seemed plausible, except for the fact that his mother returned to Hawaii in August of 1980 to file for a divorce from her second husband, Lolo Soetoro. Unless she went back to pal around with the man she divorced, she wasn’t there at the time of Obama’s visit,” Porter wrote.
“There’s another problem. No record of Obama holding an American passport prior to the one he received once becoming a U.S. senator has been found,” she wrote.