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MS Fee Waiver Regulation

Notary Law Update: MS Fee Waiver Regulation

State: Mississippi

Summary:

The Secretary of State has adopted a new regulation that relates to waiving fees.

Signed:  November 27, 2017

Effective:  November 27, 2017

Chapter: N/A

Affects:

Rule 5.10 of Title 1 Part 5 of the Mississippi Adminstrative Code

Changes:

1. Requires a Notary to waive charging a fee for notarizing applications for absentee ballots and absentee ballot envelopes.

2. Makes a non-substantive, technical change.

Analysis:

Rule 5.10 allows a Notary to waive or reduce fees for humanitarian or charitable reasons, but the decision remained up to the Notary. A new subsection (C) now requires Notaries to waive fees for notarizing applications for absentee ballots and absentee ballot envelopes. Mississippi, following the lead of states such as California, determined that the right to vote is so important that no voter should be charged for exercising a right to vote absentee. Mississippi is one of a few states that require notarization of applications or ballots when voting absentee.

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