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Georgia "Birther" Bill Shows Strong Early Support

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Copy of digital scan of Barack Obama's live birth certificate from Hawaii, courtesy of FactCheck.org.

   Georgia is one of 11 states drafting legislation that would force presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before being allowed on the ballot here.

   The bill has shown strong early support both under the Gold Dome and with some members of the public.

   Republican State Representative Mark Hatfield's bill would require President Barack Obama to provide an official copy of his birth certificate before he could run for the office he already holds in 2012 in Georgia.

   Other candidates would have to do the same.

   "If anybody's going to have an office that important, yes, they should know their country and be from their country," said Metro Atlanta resident Jay Hern.  His friend Erin Childers agreed.

   "I don't think that (Obama's) not a citizen, but I think for future reference you should make sure someone is a citizen beforehand."

   Despite digital copies of Obama's certificate of live birth from Hawaii more than half (51%) of all Republicans have doubts about his citizenship.  And so do a growing number of independent voters.

   "And that's the key demographic to watch," said political analyst David Johnson.  "A third of independent voters right now have a question about Barack Obama's citizenship.  They don't believe he was born in the US.  This has grown dramatically, even more than among Republican voters.  And the independents are going to decide the 2012 elections."

   Johnson, who's the CEO of Strategic Vision Inc., says he believes the courts will likely strike down the proposed legislation, adding that many possible presidential candidates are already shying away from it.

   Even those who are popular with the so-called "Birther" movement.

  "Sarah Palin, who a lot of people think is going to run since she's taken out office space in New Hampshire, has come out against the Birther movement," said Johnson.  "She thinks it's a distraction for the GOP.  Even the candidates who've embraced it all of a sudden back away, like we saw with Mike Huckabee."

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