Judge tosses Ala. ballot suit over Obama

Associated Press

A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at keeping President Barack Obama off the ballot in Alabama this year.

Circuit Judge Helen Shores Lee ruled Monday in Birmingham against a complaint that argued Obama isn't a natural-born U.S. citizen and can't legally serve as president. The judge's ruling followed a brief hearing.

The man who filed the suit, Albert Hendershot Jr., declined comment. His complaint contended Obama has a fake birth certificate and Social Security number. He sued state Democrats in an attempt to keep Obama off the ballot in the presidential election.

Democratic Party attorney Barry Ragsdale successfully argued this is a political issue that shouldn't be in court.

Party officials had said the judge needed to act quickly because the party and state election officials need to prepare for Alabama's presidential preference primary on March 13.

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