“BEYOND THE MINISTERIAL SCOPE OF THE BOARD”
by Sharon Rondeau
Collectively, the ballot objections named Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio as well as former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as ineligible to seek the presidency for lack of being “natural born Citizens,” as is required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
Three of the seven challenges were deemed invalid for having been received after the deadline for the filing of objections in advance of the New York state primaries on April 19.
Three other challenges were filed by a reader of The Post & Email, Robert Laity, of Tonawanda, NY, each challenging the constitutional eligibility of Cruz, Jindal and Rubio, respectively. Although filed timely, the Board stated that the objections were filed in the wrong venue, “as no direct election for president occurs via election day ballots.”
Jindal suspended his presidential campaign in November, while Cruz and Rubio are vying for second place to Donald Trump in recent and ongoing caucuses and primaries.
The results can be viewed here: Pres Del 2016 Prima Facie Report
The NYSBOE website incorrectly states one of the criteria for the president as “born a citizen” rather than “natural born Citizen.”