Senate Bill 1569, authored by none other than Sen. Ralph Shortey (he of fetus-food bill notoriety) requires candidates in Oklahoma’s presidential primaries to present the state Election Board with a photo ID and proof that they satisfy all requirements for office.
Cue the “natural-born citizen” arguments.
In a news statement on the bill’s passage, Shortey basically dismissed suggestions that SB 1569 was an effort to capitalize on anti-President Barack Obama sentiment in the state.
“Even in the absence of any controversy, this is a proposal that makes good sense,” Shortey said. “We require people to present ID to board a plane, use credit cards, purchase alcohol and tobacco and even to enter certain buildings.”
Shortey avoided full-on Donald Trump territory, and said his motive was the preservation of the election process.
“As a believer in federalism, I think it is important that states have the ability to fully vet candidates and ensure they satisfy all requirements for eligibility,” said the Oklahoma City Republican.