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North Carolina's Secretary Elaine Marshall vehemently argued against remote notarization in a national meeting of her peers last July (2016).
Elaine Marshall doesn't deserve this public media beating.
Notaries, before you throw rocks at her, please read my comments below.
She has served the State of NC and notaries with genuine dedication.
I personally observed her take a stand on behalf of notaries and the citizens of her state in July 2016.
She is one of the few SOSs (maybe the only one?) that was openly against remote notarization and she argued hard against it in a meeting of the SOSs across the US in July 2016.
I hope that those she has served will not allow her to be forced out in this manner of disgrace, as if she didn't care about citizens or notaries.
I need to read up on it and do more research, but in my opinion, the SOS office can only do so much with the budgets they have to work with. Notaries aren't important enough to have real state budgets to ensure they are in compliance and qualified until they can be used like this to grandstand and demand that someone resign.
I don't KNOW her personally, but the woman I saw was strong role model. She is 70ish-plus and a mature woman who is a thorn in some sides of "progress."
I don't like the way that she's being portrayed.
Looks like she is being strummed by both the right and the left in politics.
Why is this?
Because she's not young or male, OR a warm, fuzzy, cooking baking grandma kind of woman?
Elaine Marshall is what it's never okay to be!
She's an outspoken business woman and a leader.
Notaries, Ms. Marshall saw to it that NC got a new set of notary laws about four years ago. She stood tall bucking against the idea of remote online webcam notarization in a room full of men who barely acknowledged what she was saying.
Before Secretary Elaine Marshall is vilified like this, let's back up and see what is really going on.
She is being drawn and quartered in the media WHY?
Because she accepted proof of DACA which is a federal program that allows unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to work and study in the country, but the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service website states that it does not give them "lawful status" in terms of immigration.
Seriously? DACA authorized the immigrants to attend school and work.
In North Carolina, notary applicants must be legal residents, not citizens as is being wrongly stated by notaries on Facebook.
Secretary Marshall was doing what she believed was right.It is deplorable to see her treated this way.
While I don't necessarily agree with all of her arguments against remote notarization, I knew she was arguing what she believed was right for North Carolinians and its notaries.
Please note: It is not true that notaries must be U.S. Citizens in all states.
It has not been true since 1984 in Texas. Bernal v. Fainter, 467 U.S. 216 (1984), is a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Equal Protection Clause prohibited the state of Texas from barring noncitizens from applying for commission as a notary public.
Thanks for letting me weigh in.
Brenda Stone 3/31/17
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