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Who is in charge of the qualifying of candidates for the various parties to become president of the United States and who is responsible for making sure that candidate is a valid "naturally born" United States citizen?

The Constitution lists only three qualifications for Presidential candidates: the person must be at least 35 years of age, be a natural born citizen, and must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.

The guidelines that candidates must follow in order to qualify for elections differ from state to state, according to a Congressional Research Service report (PDF). Generally, candidates for President must file a statement of candidacy with the secretary of the state or the state’s party chair. In some states, the Secretary of State may automatically certify candidate names for the ballot by other methods. Presidential candidates may also be required to pay a filing fee, submit petitions, gather signatures, or perform all of these actions.

Find your state’s elections website to learn more about how they qualify Presidential candidates for the ballot.

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