State Representative Mark Hatfield, who earlier this session sought to impeach Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker for failing to defend the state from the attack on Federalism that is ObamaCare, has (as the AJC’s Jim Galloway reports) this afternoon filed legislation that would have future candidates for President of the United States prove their citizenship before being granted permission to be placed on the ballot.
This legislation is similar to legislation pending in Arizona. In particular, as Galloway notes, the legislation reads:
Within 10 days after submitting its list of names of candidates, the state executive committee shall submit to the Secretary of State for each candidate an affidavit by the candidate stating the candidate’s citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate’s age, and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in Article II, Section ! of the United States Constitution.
Expect this bill to be refiled next year. That said, it seems rather pointless since the State of Hawaii has already issued official certification of the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate, which would count as the “affidavit documents that prove the candidate is a natural born citizen.”