A Kansas man is dropping his objection to President Barack Obama being listed on the state's November ballot.
Manhattan resident Joe Montgomery told the secretary of state's office by email Friday that he and people around him have faced "animosity and intimidation" over his challenge to President Obama's inclusion on the ballot.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach confirmed the development to the FactFinder 12 Investigators. Kobach said the board was performing its duty to review and investigate every objection no matter how strong or how weak it may appear.
"I think some people, including some people in the media didn't do their homework and realize that this is just a process Kansas law requires us to go through," Kobach said.
The state Objections Board reviewed Montgomery's arguments Thursday but postponed a decision, saying it needed more information. By state law, the board consists of the secretary of state, the attorney general and the lieutenant governor.
Kobach said the investigation has ended. There was no cost to Kansas taxpayers, other than a few man hours spent gathering information from other states that have already done extensive research on the issue, Kobach said.
The Objections Board will meet again Monday, but only to adjourn Thursday's meeting, Kobach said.
Original Story, September 13
Kansas officials want more information before deciding whether to remove President Barack Obama from the state's November ballot.
The State Objections Board heard arguments Thursday on a claim from a Manhattan resident that Obama is not eligible to be president because his father was from Kenya. Joe Montgomery also questions whether Obama has a valid birth certificate.
The president was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu. The White House released a copy of his long-form birth certificate last year. Hawaii officials have verified his citizenship several times over the years.
Legal scholars have also said that even though President Obama's father was not an American citizen, the president is a "natural born citizen" under U.S. law and the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ann Dunham, the president's mother, was born in Wichita.
The three member objections board consists of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. All three are Republicans.
Kobach and Schmidt attended the hearing, which also dealt with other objections, in person. Colyer was on speaker-phone.
The panel said Thursday it wants certified documents from Hawaii and two other states where similar questions about Obama's citizenship have been raised. The board plans to meet again Monday and may rule then.
The Obama campaign did not sent a representative to the hearing. Instead, it sent a letter saying the president's eligibility has been well established.
Eyewitness News has reached out to Mr. Montgomery for reaction to Thursday's hearing. We have yet to receive a response.
In April, the board dismissed another objection to President Obama's candidacy. At the time, members said they could not consider the objection since the president had yet to be submitted as a candidate.
The president became a general election candidate when he was nominated for a second term at the Democratic National Convention last week.
*Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.