Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett wrote in a statement Wednesday his office had received the necessary information about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate to put the matter to rest.
“Late yesterday, our office received the ‘verification in-lieu of certified copy’ from officials within the Hawaii Department of Health that we requested in March,” Bennett wrote. “They have officially confirmed that the information in the copy of the Certificate of Live Birth for the President matches the original record in their files.”
Bennett said last week that he may refuse to put the president on the ballot in November unless the state of Hawaii authenticated Obama’s birth certificate, the long form of which the White House released in April 2011.
Bennett, a co-chairman of likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s Arizona campaign, said he was only doing so at the request of his constituents.
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