On the same day he won the Iowa caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican presidential candidate, was declared a natural born citizen by the Illinois Board of Elections.
The board ruled on Feb. 1 that Cruz met the citizenship criteria to appear on the primary ballot in the state, following a long period of questions over his eligibility to be president because he was born in Canada.
Objectors Lawrence Joyce and William Graham previously challenged his presidential bid -- arguing he should not be allowed on the March 15 Illinois primary ballot because he didn’t comply with Article 2 of the Constitution, reports The Huffington Post.
“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been Fourteen Years a Resident within the United States,” Article II states.
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Ultimately, it was ruled that Cruz is eligible to appear on the ballot because his mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born.
“The Candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth,” the board ruled, explaining that Cruz met the criteria for candidacy because he “did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after birth.”