Board of Elections steps away from Obama dispute

The state Board of Elections declared on a 6-0 vote this morning that its members lack any jurisdiction to take up a complaint filed by a Rapid City man alleging that President Barack Obama isn’t a natural-born U.S. citizen, uses someone else’s Social Security number and posts a false birth certificate. The complaint by Thomas Scheveck was filed under the Help America Vote Act, but the federal law’s specific sections regarding election complaints don’t cover the types of allegations being made. State laws and regulations regarding elections in South Dakota also don’t cover those types of allegations regarding a presidential candidate. The teleconference meeting lasted 11 minutes.

UPDATE: Scheveck didn’t participate.

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