PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's secretary of state says Hawaii's
verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets
necessary requirements and that the president's name will appear on
Arizona's ballot in the fall.
The inquiry gave official weight to a long-simmering political
controversy generated by those who say that Obama was not born in
The Obama administration attempted to dismiss the conflict a
year ago by releasing his long-form birth certificate showing that
he was born in Hawaii.
But skeptics maintained their stance and eventually Arizona
Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced he would seek further
verification, even saying he was prepared to leave Obama's name off
the state's ballot in November.
Bennett said Wednesday that Hawaii has officially confirmed the
information on a copy of Obama's birth certificate as accurate.
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