Bennett gets Hawaii verification of Obama birth certificate

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The state of Hawaii has provided the verification of President Barack Obama's birth certificate that Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett had requested, in order for the president's name to appear on Arizona's ballot in November.

Bennett, on Tuesday, confirmed he had received the verification but had not seen it to verify its contents.

On Wednesday morning, Bennett issued the following 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."

In a related move, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent two of his Cold Case Posse members and a deputy to Hawaii to investigate the president's birth certificate.

Arpaio would not explain the presence of the deputy as "security" for the posse members.

"I'm not going to get into the security reasons right now," Arpaio said.

Arpaio said taxpayers are not picking up the tab for the trip and denied that the months-long investigation was politically motivated.

CBS 5 News learned the sheriff's posse has spent about $40,000 in posse donations since its investigation into Obama's birth, beginning in August 2011.

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