Obama birth certificate matter 'closed', says Ken Bennett

PHOENIX - Arizona's Secretary of State says he is satisfied with verification from Hawaii that proves President Barack Obama's citizenship.

In a Wednesday statement, Secretary of State Ken Bennett said his office on Tuesday received confirmation that  "the information in the copy of the Certificate of Live Birth for the President matches the original record in their files."

Read his full statement below

Bennett re-ignited the birther debate last week after agreeing to request proof of Obama's citizenship.

Bennett said more than 1,000 Arizona residents contacted his office asking about the President's birth certificate and that as the top election official in the state, he was simply trying to ease their concerns. 

On Wednesday, after receiving confirmation from Hawaii officials, Bennett said he considers the matter "closed."

He issued the following statement Wednesday morning:

Late yesterday, our office received the 'verification in-lieu of certified copy' from officials within the Hawaii Department of Health that we requested in March. They have officially confirmed that the information in the copy of the Certificate of Live Birth for the President matches the original record in their files.

As Arizona's chief elections officer, I have the responsibility to certify the ballot to the state's 15 counties. At the request of numerous constituents, I merely asked Hawaiian officials to verify the information contained within President Obama's original birth certificate. They have complied with the request and I consider the matter closed.

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