President Barack Obama will appear on the November election ballot in Kansas. On Monday, the State Objections Board formally ended a review of a complaint filed by a Manhattan man.
Joe Montgomery had argued Obama wasn't eligible to run for president. Montgomery withdrew his challenge last week because of what he called intimidation. After reviewing documents from the state of Hawaii, Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he now has no doubts about the president's citizenship, but he says the board had to investigate the claim.
"That's the nature of or board," said Kobach. "Our board has to entertain all objections whether they be weak objections or strong objections. We have a duty to the people of Kansas under state law to investigate every objection and make a determination."
California lawyer Orly Taitz, who has publicly questioned Obama's citizenship, showed up at the meeting demanding to speak. She told board members they were ignoring important evidence. Taitz and supporters of the president clashed after the meeting until they were all ordered out of the building by security.