Alabama Secretary of State says
responsibility of verifying a candidate is
qualified to run for president is the
political party’s responsibility; and that if
a court of competent jurisdiction found
the candidate not to be, then that decision
would be binding on their office.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 8:05 AM
"Thompson, Emily" <Emily.Thompson@sos.alabama.gov>
Secretary Chapman has asked me to respond to your email we received
today concerning Senator Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of United
States President. Thank you for taking the time to make your concerns
known to us.
By law, each political party initially determines whether a candidate
possesses the qualifications to hold office and it is Secretary Chapman’s
duty to see that the political parties’ nominees appear on our state ballot.
In the event a court of competent jurisdiction determines that a
candidate or elected official does not meet the requirements of the U.S.
Constitution to hold a particular office, that court decision would be
binding on this office once the judgment becomes final.
Thank you again for writing.
Emily Thompson, Chief of Staff