Washington Post: Derek Muller tracking presidential candidate “natural born citizen” lawsuits

February 24, 2016 — Pepperdine Law professor Derek Muller’s blog, Excess of Democracy, has been running an aggregation of pending “natural born citizen” challenges in the 2016 presidential election.  Professor Muller’s blog was referenced in a recent Washington Post article regarding the various lawsuits contesting Ted Cruz’s presidential eligibility.

From Excess of Democracy:


The bulk of challenges center around Senator Ted Cruz, born in Canada to a Cuban father an an American mother. There are other challenges (including those regarding Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, and Rick Santorum), but they are more obscure (indeed, Messrs. Jindal and Santorum have dropped out). Additionally, there are administrative challenges to candidates’ eligibility to appear in a primary (e.g., whether Donald Trump is a “Republican” or whether Bernie Sanders is a “Democrat”) or whether candidates have met the ballot access requirements (e.g., whether a candidate has met the requisite number of signatures to appear on the ballot).


From the Washington Post:


Derek Muller, associate professor of law at Pepperdine University, has been keeping a tally of the suits (including a couple against Marco Rubio for the same reason). His is more comprehensive.



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