Kansas, Oklahoma “birther bills” may require judicial candidates prove their citizenship

Last April I noted a series of bills, introduced in a variety of state legislatures that would have required presidential candidates prove their citizenship prior to appearing on the ballot. Because they stemmed, in part, from the belief the President Obama was not a natural born citizen and was born somewhere other than Hawaii, they were called “birther” bills. Several of these bills targeted not just would-be presidents, but other candidates (including state judicial ones).

The release of President Obama’s long form birth certification has for the most part diminished the interest inĀ  such bills, but not completely eliminated it. Several remain pending, having been carried over from the 2011, while others are newly introduced for 2012.

Bill Covers Requirement Status
Kansas HB 2224 all state & federal candidates Requires candidates prove citizenship Carried over from 2011 and pending in House Committee on Elections.
Oklahoma SB 91 all state & federal candidates Requires candidates prove citizenship Passed in House and Senate. Carried over from 2011 in conference committee.
Oklahoma SB 540 all state & federal candidates Allows any voter to challenge citizenship of candidate Carried over from 2011 and pending in Senate Rules Committee.
Oklahoma HB 2987 all state & federal candidates Requires candidates prove citizenship Prefiled for 2012 session (no committee).
Oklahoma SB 1569 all state & federal candidates Requires candidates prove citizenship Prefiled for 2012 session (no committee).