PHOENIX -- Arizona's secretary of state says that Hawaii's verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements and that his name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall.
The inquiry gave official weight to a controversy generated by those who say Obama was not born in the U.S. The Obama administration tried to dismiss the conflict a year ago by releasing his long-form birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii.
But skeptics maintained their stance, and eventually Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced that he would seek further verification, even saying he was prepared to leave Obama's name off the ballot in November.
Bennett said Wednesday that Hawaii has officially confirmed the accuracy of information on the birth certificate.