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Panel Decides Obama Will Stay On Kansas Ballot Despite Birther Objections

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer voted to close the matter during the 15-minute meeting. They did so without making a ruling about the president's citizenship. State Election Director Brad Bryant told TPM, however, that the board added a certification of Obama's place of birth that Hawaii sent Kansas over the weekend into the record before bringing the matter to a close.

"In light of the withdraw, there wasn't another issue before the board, they didn't have to deny the objection," Bryant said. "Actually, there was a motion to deny the objection but [Kobach] said there wasn't any reason to because it had been withdrawn and there wasn't any issue before the board. The effect is President Obama's name is on the ballot. It was never removed."

Bryant said Taitz wanted to continue to debate the matter but Kobach told her the deadline to file an objection had passed.

"I didn't know her until I started receiving emails over the weekend, submissions of documents by email," Bryant said. "So she showed up and wanted to speak but wasn't allowed to, but she did get interviewed by several press people."

Kobach, who told TPM last week he might answer questions about his personal beliefs about whether Obama was a natural-born citizen after the matter was closed, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Additional reporting by Evan McMorris-Santoro.

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