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Obama ballot complaint rejected

CONCORD - For a second time this month, the state Ballot Law Commission on Monday rejected a complaint that challenges whether President Obama's name should appear on the Democratic Party primary ballot.

On Nov. 18, the five-member Commission rejected a complaint filed by California dentist and attorney Orly Taitz, a leader of the birther movement.

Four days later, Pamela Barnett asked for a reconsideration. The request claimed that a reconsideration by the Commission was a precondition for appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

But Manchester lawyer Brad Cook, the chairman of the Commission, wrote that state law specifies that the decision of the Commission is final when it comes to declarations of candidacy and nomination papers.

Cook said the request for reconsideration included no new issues of fact or law. The Commission also rejected it because the premise of court review is contrary to the will of the Legislature, Cook wrote.

Taitz has claimed that Obama is not a citizen, that his birth certificate is forged and that he uses a false Social Security number.

The earlier decision earlier this month prompted several people to shout into the faces of Commission members. Assistant Attorney General Matt Mavrogeorge and Assistant Secretary of State Karen Ladd locked themselves in an office.

Attorney General Michael Delaney has asked New Hampshire State Police to investigate the matter, and House Speaker Bill O'Brien has asked the same of protective services.

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