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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he expects Hawaii officials will tell him they have a birth certificate for President Barack Obama.
Bennett told a radio interviewer Tuesday that Obama's Arizona ballot status is in question until Hawaii responds positively to his request under a Hawaii law on confirmation of birth certificates.
Amid growing controversy Wednesday, Bennett says he assumes he'll get confirmation from Hawaii. But he says no candidates get on Arizona's ballot without submitting forms declaring candidates' eligibility.
Bennett's inquiry follows a flurry of questioning about whether Obama is a natural-born U.S. citizen.
Hawaii officials say they are reviewing Bennett's request made in March to decide whether to respond.
Hawaii officials have publicly stated they have Obama's birth certificate, and the White House has released a copy.
Bennett's statement regarding Obama's birth certificate:
"First, I have been on the record since 2009 that I believe the President was born in Hawaii. I am not a "birther". At the request of a constituent, I asked the state of Hawaii for a for a verification in lieu of certified copy. We're merely asking them to officially confirm they have the President's birth certificate in their possession and are awaiting their response."