Cruz IS a Natural Born Cirizen, Board of Election Finds


Ted Cruz Is A ‘Natural Born Citizen,’ Board Of Election Finds

On the same day he won the Republican Iowa caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas got a favorable decision from the Illinois Board of Elections, which ruled that he met the citizenship criteria to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

Two objectors, Lawrence Joyce and William Graham, had challenged Cruz’s presidential bid with the board, contending that his name should not appear on the March 15 ballot because his candidacy did not comply with Article II of the Constitution.
Adopting the recommendations of a hearing officer who considered the matter last week, the board of elections on Monday rejected both objections, ruled Cruz eligible and ordered that his name be certified for the election.
“The Candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth,” the board said, reasoning that Cruz met the criteria because he "did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after birth."
Both objections, which on their face seemed to carry little weight, had forced lawyers for Cruz to formally respond and offer appropriate counterarguments.
In response to the filings, Cruz’s lawyers relied on Supreme Court precedent, legal history and articles from noted constitutional scholars to defend the view that he is in fact “natural born” within the meaning of the Constitution.
The lawyers also pointed to the valid candidacies of two former Republican hopefuls, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Michigan Gov. George Romney, as examples of presidential runs that received the blessing of Congress, courts and other means to proceed, despite the fact that both men were born abroad and raised eligibility questions.
These and other sources of authority, the lawyers said, “all command the same conclusion” that Cruz complies with the “natural born” requirement.
Agenda minutes for the Illinois Board of Elections – which include its determinations in the two challenges to Cruz’s eligibility plus a separate one Graham filed against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – can be found here.

Ted Cruz Is A ‘Natural Born Citizen,’ Board Of Election Finds


Is the Illinois Board of Elections a competent body that can make a ruling? I don’t think so.
For the record, I am not on the Cruz-Birther bandwagon. I am just saying, the Illinois Board of Elections is not the body that will decide.


The Supervisor of Elections and Board of Elections are entities that oversee the elections in each State. They rule as to whether or not a candidate has qualified in their State; including eligibility.

The birther challenge has also been brought up about Rubio; it just hasn’t been a Trump focus.

So…I will throw this out there. The birther issue was also challenged and decided in New Hampshire for both Cruz and Rubio (in their favor). Keep in mind that each of them have qualified and have found eligible to run for President in all 50 states; certain individuals in some states (mostly Trump supporters) are now challenging eligibility. So…what is going to happen IF at some point in time or after either Cruz or Rubio win the election that the birther issue is challenged? Are they going to tell the people of the U.S. who voted for either one of these two that their votes don’t count? Are they going to go through another election cycle, meanwhile Hussein stays in office? The backlash would be enormous … especially since if either Cruz or Rubio is elected; they will be the FIRST LATINO AMERICAN PRESIDENT! Not going to happen! Trump has even admitted that his lawyers have checked into and there is no case.


JFTR, it wasn’t Trump who brought up the birther issue. He just got more attention for telling Cruz that he’d better get it cleared up quick before anyone challenges him - in reaction to - the Washington Post, who were the originators of the birther nonsense.

Patriotlass, you’re completely right about no state causing an uproar in the future, and probably exactly why you say so.

I’m glad it’s cleared up. This was too much ‘all about stupid.’


All I am saying is, if a lawsuit is brought - and I understand a couple have been already - then it is a court that will rule, not the Illinois Board of Elections.


Yeah, but basically, the SC won’t look at it, until the person is actually the nominee. And once he is, the(exceedingly slim) likelihood of them declaring him ineligible drops to almost zero. Now if we had a 5-4 Democratic, rather than Republican SC, I wouldn’t totally rule it out. But with this SC, I just don’t see it.


There are exactly two types of United States citizens: 1) naturalized or 2) natural born. The first is by legislation and due process, the second is by birth. Senator Cruz has never been naturalized therefore he is natural born. QED

PS Technical correction: there is a third type of citizen, Honorary. That list includes Winston Churchill, General Casimir Pulaski, Marquis de Lafayette and a few others.


Exactly, but I hope Trump supporters keep beating this dead horse; nothing spells loser like needing a court to rule your competition out of the race. The Left know this so even though the Obama “Birthers” were few in number the Leftist media continually talked about them to give the impression that it was a conservative staple, they are mostly mum on Cruz because they don’t want to appear as desperate losers.