Texas Representative Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) has introduced HB 650. It requires political parties to submit proof that the party’s presidential and vice-presidential nominees meet the constitutional qualifications. It makes similar requirements for independent presidential and vice-presidential candidates, and even for declared write-in candidates for the same offices.
The bill requires a party to obtain signed statements from its nominees, giving authority for the Texas Secretary of State to obtain copies of birth certificates from the original issuing authority. It does not require the party nominees themselves to furnish birth certificates. It gives the Secretary of State the authority to examine the birth records and reject a filing if the Secretary of State does not believe the documents are valid. The bill would have no effect on presidential primary ballot access. Thanks to Bill Van Allen for this news.