Posted: May 23, 2012 11:05 AM
PHOENIX - Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has received the verification of President Obama's birth certificate that he requested last week, and he states that he now considers the matter closed.
"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," reads a statement released by Bennett today. "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.
Last week, Bennett said in a radio interview that Obama's status on Arizona's ballot was in question unless Hawaii verified his birthplace. He also said that while he personally believes President Obama was born in Hawaii, he was fulfilling the request of a constituent.
"As Arizona's chief elections officer, I have the responsibility to certify the ballot to the state's 15 counties," reads today's statement from Bennett. "At the request of numerous constituents, I merely asked Hawaiian officials to verify the information contained within President Obama's original birth certificate. They have complied with the request and I consider the matter closed."
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