Hawaii, which has vouched for President Obama's birth several times, provided the information after requring Arizona Secretary of State Bennett prove he needed it as part of normal business. Bennett tells The Arizona Republic it puts the issue of Obama's birth to rest in his mind.
Bennett released this statement:
"Late yesterday, our office received the 'verification in-lieu of certified copy' from officials within the Hawaii Department of Health that we requested in March. They have officially confirmed that the information in the copy of the Certificate of Live Birth for the President matches the original record in their files.
"As Arizona’s chief elections officer, I have the responsibility to certify the ballot to the state’s 15 counties. At the request of numerous constituents, I merely asked Hawaiian officials to verify the information contained within President Obama’s original birth certificate. They have complied with the request and I consider the matter closed."