House endorses birth record requirement for Missouri candidates

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 12:36 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY  — Birth records for presidential and vice presidential candidates would need to be publicly available for those appearing on Missouri ballots.

Political parties would be required to give the secretary of state's office proof of their candidates' identity and that they are natural born citizens of the U.S. Write-in presidential candidates also would need to provide documentation. The records would be open to the public.

Lawmakers endorsed the legislation Wednesday, and the measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

Sponsoring House member Lyle Rowland, a Republican from Cedarcreek, says the requirements are preventative and would give voters assurances that candidates are qualified.

Democratic critics said any concerns about a president's qualifications to hold office did not seem to arise until Barack Obama won election in 2008.


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Louis Schneebaum March 28, 2012 | 2:03 p.m.

Good to see Mr. Rowland is focused on the REAL important issues that the world faces.

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Mark Foecking March 29, 2012 | 8:35 a.m.

Once again, our legislators solving problems that don't exist for their own pointless political posturing. I guess when they can't really do anything about the big porblems, they have to invent little ones.


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John Schultz March 29, 2012 | 10:52 a.m.

Mark, I wonder how election officials would handle such a hypothetical situation though. Not just for President, but for any federal candidate that doesn't meet the requirements spelled out in the Constitution. I can see state election authorities telling a candidate for US Senate or House that they don't meet the requirements and removing them from the ballot, but President is a bit of a special case since they are on more than one state's ballot.

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frank christian March 29, 2012 | 11:31 a.m.

"Democratic critics said any concerns about a president's qualifications to hold office did not seem to arise until Barack Obama won election in 2008."

They sure got that right!

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