Georgia Birthers Challenge Obama's Placement On Presidential Ballot
The birther crusade continued this week in Georgia, with multiple men challenging President Obama's placement on the state's presidential ballot over lasting concerns that he is not a natural-born American citizen.
A total of five men filed complaints with the Office of the Secretary of State, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, at least two of whom cited disbelief over Obama's long-form birth certificate as a primary reason.
Two of the complainants have brought on the legal help of Mark Hatfield, an attorney and Republican state lawmaker who has more extreme beliefs about the constitutional requirements for the office of president. According to the AJC, he believes the Founding Fathers intended a stricter set of rules requiring both presidential aspirants and their parents to have been United States citizens.
Hearings for the challenges have not yet been set.
Challenges such as these are fairly commonplace -- and roundly unsuccessful -- on the state level. A coalition led by "birth queen" Orly Taitz mounted a similar anti-Obama campaign in New Hampshire and eventually was shot down by state officials, despite having the support of some Granite State lawmakers.
Obama released his long-form birth certificate earlier this year, saying that continued distractions over his eligibility were unacceptable. He was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post stated that Hatfield believed presidential candidates need to have parents born in the U.S. in order to qualify for that office. He has instead stated that the parents must both be U.S. citizens.