Re: 10 states now developing eligibility-proof demands
I guess we'll see (1) whether the AZ bill becomes law, and (2) how it plays out in 2012.
Personally, I don't see it as an insurmountable problem. As you note, the onus is on the candidates - if a candidate is "for real", he/she could foot the bill for a couple of Arizona officials to fly across the country and fly back again.
What would that cost, about three seconds' worth of campaign ads on TV?
As to whether or not existing laws would permit inspection of the original.... I don't know. I suspect that arrangements could be made.
In any event, I hope that AZ and other states can succeed in bringing this issue to a conclusion. There's a lot of mistrust of the federal government, and rightfully so. Having local officials certify a national candidate's eligibility to be on the ballot in each state may be the answer. I know that I would place more trust in my state officials, than in some federal official.
Thanks for the thought-provoking posts!
Last edited by ofitg; 02-05-2011 at 03:55 PM..