Referred to Committee
April 5, 2012
March 29, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Requires Proof of Citizenship for Presidential Candidates
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires presidential and vice-presidential candidates to provide proof of U.S. citizenship to appear on the Missouri ballot.
Requires the state chapter of each political party to provide the following information about the presidential and vice presidential candidates to the Missouri secretary of state in the form of the most complete record of birth that exists for the candidates (Sec. A):
Certification that provides verifiable evidence of identity; and
Proof of status as a "natural born citizen" of the United States for each nominee.
Defines “natural born citizen” as a person who was declared a citizen of the United States at birth or was declared a citizen of the United States under federal law as it existed at the time of his or her birth (Sec. A).
Specifies that the secretary of state will retain this evidence and that it will be considered a public record (Sec. A).
Specifies that failure to provide the certification required shall make any candidate ineligible to be a write-in candidate for the office of president or vice president of the United States (Sec. A).