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by Sharon Rondeau

There are 62 counties in the state of New York, some of which are named after Indian tribes

(Dec. 30, 2011) — On December 2, 2011, New York State registered voter Robert Laity filed a “Challenge Petition” with the New York State Board of Elections against Barack Hussein Obama, claiming that he is “disqualified constitutionally from serving as President of the United States of America” and that his election to the office in 2008 resulted from fraud.

Laity is the author of several articles published at The Post & Email and has corresponded with his state senator, Mark Grisanti, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, regarding his concerns over Obama’s ineligibility to serve.

The Post & Email asked Mr. Laity several questions about his ballot challenge.

Q. Did you do this entirely on your own or with help from the new organization www.obamaballotchallenge.com?

A. The Obama Ballot Challenge inspired me to file in my State.

The Post & Email interviewed the director of the Obama Ballot Challenge initiative, Capt. Pamela Barnett (Ret.), who told us that the goal of her organization is to assist people to file eligibility challenges against Obama, or any other unqualified presidential candidate, in every state before the 2012 election after researching each state’s election laws and challenge periods.  Her website has reported on Laity’s challenge here.

Q.  Do you know when New York’s “official” challenge period began and when it will end?

A. I called the Public Relations Office at the NYS BOE and they told me that the 2012 Political Calendar is not out yet and that they are in the  process of determining when to set the Primary period. I understand that there is a period of only three days after a candidate declares to challenge him/her.  I have been attempting to obtain an acknowledgement letter from the NYSBOE Legal Counsel Paul Collins (his phone line has been busy for days). NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo sent me an Email which I will forward to you. He has been apprised of my Challenge.

The response which Laity received from Cuomo’s office reads as follows:

From:  Governor Cuomo
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:25 AM
To: Bob Laity
Subject: Thank you for your Correspondence

Thank you for your e-mail. To build a stronger, better New York, we need the participation of citizens like you – sharing your ideas, comments, and concerns. Your input is invaluable to our mission to create a government that works for its people, and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out to me.

I want to assure you that your e-mail has been received and that it will be read and shared with the appropriate members of my staff.

I encourage you to return to my website, where you can review my Administration’s initiatives and familiarize yourself with my office and YOUR state government.

Thank you again for sharing your perspective and for joining in the effort to build a new New York.


Andrew M. Cuomo

Remember to visit Governor Cuomo on Facebook, where you can receive regular updates on the actions of the Governor.

Page 1 of New York State ballot challenge, citing Obama's ineligibility and other alleged crimes
Page 2 of Mr. Laity's challenge petition

Q.  Did you present evidence of the crimes you allege against Obama?

A. I have requested a hearing with the NYS BOE and I have also provided them documents, news stories and public knowledge items that I will expound on if a Hearing is had with the Board.

Laity’s ballot challenge was sent to James A. Walsh, Co-Chair, New York State Board of Elections, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., putative Attorney General of the United States, as indicated at the bottom of the petition.

Q. Have you received any acknowledgement from Holder or James Walsh?

A. No. I did enlist the counsel of my City Alderman, William Poole, and have apprised my NY State Senator Mark Grisanti.  Mr. Poole advised me to send another copy to the Board by Certified Mail.

Q. What is the next step?

A. I am seeking the services of an Election Law Attorney in my area. I called the Erie County Bar Association in Buffalo, NY. I am also going to send my previous December 2nd Letter by Certified mail to both the Erie County Board of Elections and the NY State Board of Elections. I have been asked to work with another NY State resident, Michael Miller, brother of George Miller.  I sent a comment a couple of weeks ago to Greg Rogers, CEO of Rogers Media in Australia.  He has not written anything as of yet regarding the comments I sent. In passing, I called Mark Simone, a WABC New York City talk show host, and when the call screener found out what I wanted to talk about, “The Obama eligibility issue”, I received a resounding “NO!!!”  The subject being discussed that day, December 27,2011, was “Obama.”  I sent Simone an Email that very day with my objections to not being heard.

Editor’s Note:  Rogers Media has published Laity’s work in the past.

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  1. I had previously stated that our tea party group would help Mr. Laity and I sent him an email to that effect. I have just become aware that he is very disabled had I known that originally I would have acted faster to be effective in the N.Y. state challenge and come alongside of him. If anyone can put me in touch with him I would love to speak directly to him Thank you Charlie 607-336-2280

  2. I have provided Sharon with the US Postal Service Certified Mail receipts. I have sent BOTH the Erie County,NY and the NY State Boards of Elections,my December 2,2011 submission.

  3. Mr. Laity,If it would be of any help to you I offer myself to help in any way. I am one of the coordinators of a central N.Y. tea party patriots group,we are familiar with what you are doing.Our group has over 600 families in it.Feel free to get in touch with me

  4. We encourage citizens to pool their efforts on ballot challenges or file their own. Clwoard-Piven can work both ways.


  5. ” . . . send my previous December 2nd Letter by Certified mail . . .”

    Here’s my experience on “certified” mail. It should be done by certified mail/return receipt. Certified mail is delivered to the address you give, not the person. You will not get a return, no doubt, as it is not enforced by the USPS. However you can track your correspondence thru USPS tracking and verify receipt date and time. Fifteen days after that you can go to the post office and get them to print out a copy of the signed receipt. That will be the clerk in the mail room that signed for the document.

    The post office documents are your record of service and you can start your countdown for no response or whatever test you are giving them, at that time.

    You are playing an ugly game for which you do not set the rules. One of the elements of the game is to wear you down. You will not win if you are not persistent.

    1. Better than mere certified mail for delivery receipt purposes are:

      1. Restricted Delivery

      You get to specify the people who can sign for and receive your item.

      2. Adult Signature Required

      This service requires the signature of an adult at the recipient’s address who is 21 years of age or older. You’ll get delivery information, as well as the recipient’s signature and name.

      more info here: http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/503.htm#1221838

      Also consider FedEx and UPS letter delivery.