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OK Senate Bill 173

Notary Law Update: OK Senate Bill 173

State: Oklahoma

Summary:

Senate Bill 173 clarifies that the limit of notarizing a maximum of 20 absentee ballot affidavits for a single election does not apply to notarizations performed at the Notary's place of business during normal business hours, but does apply to any agency or entity that provides voter registration services as required by the National Voter Registration Act.

Signed:  May 19, 2015

Effective:  November 01, 2015

Chapter: 333

Affects:

Amends Oklahoma Statutes Chapter 26, Section 14-108.1.

Changes:
  1. Clarifies that the limitation allowing Notaries to notarize only 20 absentee ballots in a single election does not apply to the notarizing of ballots at the Notary’s place of business during normal business hours, but does apply to any agency or entity that provides voter registration services as required by the National Voter Registration Act or Oklahoma Statutes Title 26, Sections 4-109.2 and 4-109.3.
Analysis:

A recent law restricted the number of absentee ballot affidavits a Notary could notarize in a single election, and required that a Notary record these notarizations in a journal of notarial acts. A later amendment to this law added that limitation could be waived with the written approval of the secretary of the county election board. Senate Bill 173 relaxes this limitation further by exempting notarizations performed at the Notary's place of business during regular working hours. However, the law also clarifies that the limitation does apply to any agency or entity that provides voter registration services as required by the National Voter Registration Act, or by Oklahoma Statutes Title 26, Sections 4-109.2 and 4-109.3.

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