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Only a week after there was a formal hearing in the state of New Hampshire on a request to remove Barack Obama’s name from the 2012 presidential primary election ballot over allegations of fraud, state officials in Georgia are facing a related request.
Activist Carl Swensson, who runs the RiseUpForAmerica.com website, and has been integral in campaigns to have Obama investigated, told WND that not only has he petitioned the state secretary of state, but some half a dozen others have done the same thing.
In his complaint letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Swensson wrote that while Obama is listed as the only Democrat candidate, he must be removed “as he does not meet the minimum qualifications as set forth in Article II Section I Clause V concerning the natural born citizen status.”
“Jurisdiction falls squarely on the shoulders of your office as head of the Georgia Board of Elections and it is your sworn duty as a man of honor and public servant to protect and defend the Constitution,” he wrote. “The very U.S. Constitution that is now under attack and assault by the DNC for having failed in their responsibility to submit an eligible candidate for inclusion on our ballot.”
The dispute over Obama traces back to before his election in 2008. Polls reveal a majority of Americans now believe his eligibility should be investigated and many believe he simply does not meet the Constitution’s requirements to be president.
Some believe he was not born in Hawaii, so would not meet the “natural born citizen” requirement in the Constitution and others say his birth place is irrelevant, because the understanding at the time the Constitution was written was that a “natural born citizen” was the offspring of two citizen parents on the soil of the country.
Under that standard, Obama could not qualify as his father was a citizen of Kenya, subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, at Obama’s birth.
Swensson noted there is no “federal convening authority chartered” with the responsibility of making sure presidential candidates are eligible, so he said that leaves it to states.
“You cannot fail us now and must uphold your oath of office by adhering to the constitutional requirement that any candidate of the office of POTUS be a natural born citizen,” he wrote. “One of your main jobs is to make certain there is no election fraud.”
And on the subject of fraud, Swensson noted Obama’s use of a Social Security number from Connecticut “which was obtained while he was still living in Hawaii.”
California attorney Orly Taitz told WND she would be representing some of those filing complaints in Georgia, after a decision today from a judge that allows her permission to appear in the state’s court system.
A second complaint to Kemp is from Kevin R. Powell, who said there is nowhere in the state constitution that allows a state official “to pick and choose which parts to uphold and which parts to ignore.”
“Mr. Kemp, you are duty bound to guarantee that only a natural born citizen as enumerated in Article II of the U.S. Constitution be allowed on the ballot in the presidential election in 2012,” Powell wrote. “Barack Hussein Obama II has publicly admitted his father Barack Obama Sr. was a Kenyan native and a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. Barack Obama Sr. never became a U.S. citizen. Therefore, Barack Hussein Obama II is not now and never can be a natural born citizen of the United States…”
Swensson said there were a number of other individuals who also filed similar complaints with the state. And he reported the state agency told him that the issue would be turned over to those responsible for investigating election ballot complaints.
In a submission to Secretary of State William Gardner there, Taitz explained the request for a rehearing on a decision from a state agency is required in order for her to appeal the outcome to the state Supreme Court.
Taitz had filed an 85-page complaint but said the board was unwilling to remove him from the ballot while an investigation would look into whether he meets the Constitution’s requirements that a president be a natural-born citizen, and whether there was fraud involved in his use of a Connecticut-based Social Security number.
The board’s action:
Taitz suggested that “Mr. Obama’s alleged true and correct copy of [a] long form birth certificate, posted by Obama on WhiteHouse.gov, [is] a cheap computer generated forgery.”
The image Obama released:
Obama long-form birth certificate released April 27 by the White House
That’s the image of a Hawaiian “Certificate of Live Birth” that Obama released in April as documentation of a Hawaiian birth. Many experts have stated on the record that they believe it is fraudulent for many reasons.
New Hampshire is important, because the state holds the first presidential primary Jan. 10, 2012.
Among the local officials who joined with Taitz in expressing concern about the Obama candidacy were Reps. Harry Accornero of Laconia, Lucien and Carol Vita of Middleton and Larry Rappaport of Colebrook.
“There is sufficient controversy that I want it investigated,” Rappaport told the Concord Monitor. “We’ve never gotten an answer.”
Taitz has been involved in a number of high-profile cases over the past few years that have challenged Obama’s eligibility under the Constitution
The complaint alleged that Obama is ineligible because “he never provided any documentary evidence of his natural-born status.”