“Twenty-four states have laws to punish faithless electors. While no faithless elector has ever been punished, the constitutionality of state pledge laws was brought before the Supreme Court in 1952 (Ray v. Blair, 343 U.S. 214). The court ruled in favor of the state’s right to require electors to pledge to vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged, as well as to remove electors who refuse to pledge. Once the elector has voted, their vote can only be changed in states such as Michigan and Minnesota, where votes other than those pledged are rendered invalid. However, in all twenty-four states, a faithless elector may only be punished after he or she votes. The Supreme Court has ruled that, as electors are chosen via state elections, they act as a function of the state, not the federal government. Therefore states have the right to govern electors. The constitutionality of state laws punishing electors for actually casting a faithless vote, rather than refusing to pledge, has never been decided by the Supreme Court.”
Also, the state of Hawaii says that the short form COLB is the official birth certificate of that state. It is recognized by the federal government for passport and Social Security card purposes and the short form contains all the information required to establish eligibility to be president or vice president under Article 2 Section 1: date of birth, and place of birth.
Any law requiring ONLY a long form certificate in states that no longer issue a long form certificate is likely to be ruled unconstitutional.
Are you saying Obama showed his short-form to the Texas SOS?? Not sure what point you’re trying to make. Just because a valid form might have valid purposes doesn’t make Obama’s particular form valid. It’s like saying a real dollar bill proves that Obama’s counterfeit dollar bill is real. Sorry that don’t cut it.
Wikipedia? I use http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/certificates.html And, given that citizens have demonstrated we know how to enact laws governing the conduct of Electors; this means, we know how to enact laws requiring them to vet their choice for President as to Constitutional eligibility BEFORE their election in December. (Plus, we need to rescind those laws requiring Electors to vote for the Party nominee, notwithstanding no ‘faithless’ Elector has ever been penalized under this law for a violation.
If we make criminal the conduct of providing false documents to election officials to establish eligibility to appear on the ballot - assuming we already enacted laws requiring all candidates on the ballot to be eligible for the office - then, we should see fewer people submitting false documents.