Friday, December 12, 2008
Press Release: 12 WA voters sue to setaside election of Barack Obama in Washington
Contact: Stephen Pidgeon, Attorney at Law, P.S.
Tel: (425) 605-4774 Fax: (425) 818-5371
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 Washington voters sue to set aside the election of Barack Obama in Washington
Bellevue, WA, December 10, 2008 — On December 4, 2008, James (Jim) Broe and 11 other Washington voters sued Secretary of State Sam Reed in the Washington Supreme Court, seeking a Writ of Mandamus to require the Secretary to set aside the votes cast for Senator Barack Obama. The Petition charges that at the time of the election, Senator Obama had failed to establish that he was a "natural born citizen" of the United States as required by the U.S. Constitution, failed to establish that he was an American citizen, and that he was not running under his legal name of Barry Soetoro.
The Petition as amended claims that because Senator Obama's father was not an American, but a British citizen at the time of the Senator's birth, the Senator was disqualified him from being a "natural born citizen" as that term is understood under U.S. laws of nationality.
The plaintiffs argue that his British citizenship at birth also disqualifies him from being considered an American citizen automatically under the Fourteenth Amendment, because of competing jurisdictional interests between the Crown and the United States.
Plaintiffs have also argued that Senator Obama failed to establish by any evidence that he was actually born in Hawaii, or that he was naturalized as an American citizen.
Because Senator Obama was adopted by his mother's second husband Lolo Soetoro, plaintiffs allege that his legal name is Barry Soetoro, and the suit alleges that Senator Obama has failed to establish by any evidence that his name was legally changed back to his birth name.
Stephen Pidgeon, counsel for Plaintiffs, has called out the Secretary of State, saying "the Secretary of State is the chief election officer for all federal and state elections under 29A.04.230, and he has an obligation to run state elections in respect of federal law. This means if the candidate for President is unqualified, he has no business being placed on Washington ballots by the Secretary of State."
Pidgeon goes on to say that "each candidate that stands in a primary election must make a declaration of candidacy, stating that 'at the time of filing this declaration, I am legally qualified to assume office if elected.' The Secretary of State has a constitutionally imposed duty to enforce this qualification."
— For more information please contact:
Stephen Pidgeon, Attorney at Law, P.S.
10900 NE 8th Street, Suite 900
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Phone: (425) 605-4774 Fax: (425) 818-5371