Kansas May Kick Obama Off the Ballot

GOP-led election board wants more birth certificate evidence
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2012 2:35 PM CDT
Kansas May Kick Obama Off the Ballot
Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach gives a thumbs up to House members during their opening session in Topeka, Kan., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

If you thought birther-ism was dead, we've got some bad news. The Kansas State Objections Board is considering kicking Barack Obama off the ballot unless it finds more evidence he was born in the US, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The all-Republican board agreed yesterday to investigate a ballot challenge arguing that there were "doubts" about Obama's citizenship. "I don't think it's a frivolous objection," said Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and an informal Romney advisor. "I do think the factual record could be supplemented."

The board will send inquiries to Hawaii, Arizona, and Mississippi for evidence. Kobach later told Talking Points Memo that legally, a "frivolous" argument is one that cannot be reasonably made under any circumstance. "The objection passed that very low bar, which is not saying much." He wouldn't say if he personally believed Obama was a citizen. Of course, even if Kansas did kick Obama off the ballot, it probably wouldn't make much difference electorally; according to FiveThirtyEight's current projection, Kansas is 99% likely to go red. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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