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By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

A GOP-controlled board in Kansas is trying to decide whether to remove President Obama from the state ballot over objections about his birth certificate.

The State Objections Board -- consisting of three of the state's top Republican elected officials -- ruled Thursday it did not yet have enough information and postponed a decision until Monday.

"I don't think it's a frivolous objection," Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told the Topeka Capital-Journal. "I do think the factual record could be supplemented."

Obama has long battled questions about the authenticity of his birth certificate and the legitimacy of his presidency. He released his long-form birth certificate in April 2011, which shows he was born in Hawaii. At the time, Obama said he was trying to end the "silliness" that has been sparked by people known as "birthers" who doubt he was born in the United States.

Kobach is an informal adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has said repeatedly that he believes Obama was born in the United States. The state attorney general and lieutenant governor are also on the Kansas Objections Board.

It would be huge blow if Obama is removed from the ballot in Kansas. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born there as were his grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham, who helped raised him.

Earlier this year, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett also considered removing Obama from his state ballot but backed down after receiving information from Hawaii "that proves Obama's American birth."

 

USA TODAY

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