According to an article run yesterday by The Daily Herald in Everett, WA, a civil action was filed Tuesday in Washington State Superior Court against Sam Reed, Secretary of State for the State of Washington, demanding that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama be removed from the ballot in Washington unless he can provide verification of his status as a United States citizen.
Steven Marquis, the Fall City, WA resident who filed the suit, asks that the Secretary of State’s office verify, by looking at “original or certified verifiable official documents,” that Obama is a natural-born citizen of the United States and eligible to serve as president, and that the office do so by Election Day. Marquis argues that resolving, one way or another, the unanswered questions surrounding Obama’s citizenship and background would “preclude a constitutional crisis and likely civil unrest” which would arise should information come to light after the election which shows that the Illinois senator is ineligible to hold the presidency.
“The complaint,” states Marquis in his press release, “argues that the Secretary of State has the authority and duty to not only certify the voters but also and more importantly the candidates and, in so doing, prevent the wholesale disenfranchisement of voters who would [have] had an opportunity to choose from qualified candidates had the certification preceded the election process.”
Marquis also cites, in his release, the federal action filed by Philip Berg in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, but states mistakenly that Obama has “failed to respond to the District Court’s request to produce or allow access to the official documents” and instead filed a motion to dismiss on grounds of lack of standing, when in fact the district court has not yet issued any order in relation to the underlying case, nonetheless an order compelling Obama and the DNC to produce documents.
Largely, the allegations within Marquis’ action look to be drawn from Philip Berg’s action in Philadelphia, with the exception that Marquis has named as defendant only the Secretary of State and not Obama, the DNC, or the Federal Election Commission.
NOTE: America’s Right hopes to speak with Mr. Marquis at some point today to ask questions about Obama, about the suit, about standing and more. In the meantime, to read yesterday’s filing in Washington State Superior Court, click HERE.