Monday, January 25, 2016

Tennessee Legislators Act to Disqualify Cruz for Presidency

Yarbro, Powell introduce bill banning any candidate why is not "natural born" from ballot or from receiving electoral votes.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 9:50 AM

click to enlarge Sen. Yarbro (l); Rep. Powell
  • Sen. Yarbro (l); Rep. Powell


If two Tennessee legislators, both Democrats, have their way, the prospect of a Ted Cruz presidency would be lessened — at least insofar as the Volunteer State’s 11 electorate votes are concerned.

State Senator Jeff Yarbro and state Representative Jason Powell have co-sponsored a bill, HB2595/SB2625, that would effectively nullify Cruz’s presidential candidacy in Tennessee.

The bill reads as follows in its entirety:

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 2, Chapter 15 and Title 2, Chapter 5, relative ro elections.

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 2-5-208(h), is amended by adding the following language at the end of the subsection:

The secretary of state shall not place the name of any presidential or vice presidential candidate, even if nominated by a political party, on the ballot unless the candidate is a natural born citizen of the United States.

SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 2-15-104©, is amended by adding the following as a new subdivision:

(4) Notwithstanding this subsection (c) to the contrary, the electors are prohibited from casting their ballot for any candidate who is not a natural born citizen.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.


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