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OK Senate Bill 1910

Notary Law Update: OK Senate Bill 1910

State: Oklahoma

Summary:

Senate Bill 1910 now includes in 49 OS § 5 an express prohibition against a Notary charging a fee to notarize an absentee ballot envelope affidavit.

Signed:  April 28, 2010

Effective:  January 01, 2010

Chapter: Section 189

Affects:

Amends Title 49 Section 5 of the Oklahoma Statutes

Changes:
  1. Adds to the Notary chapter a prohibition against a Notary charging a fee on an absentee ballot affidavit.
  2. Repeals a prior provision stating that an absentee ballot envelop shall clearly state that it is illegal for a Notary to charge a fee to notarize an absentee ballot affidavit and enacts a new provision stating an absentee ballot envelope must be accompanied by a notice stating that it is illegal for a Notary to charge a fee to notarize an absentee ballot affidavit.
Analysis:

Oklahoma is one of only a few states that still require an affidavit on an absentee ballot to be notarized. 26 OS 7-130 provides that an absentee ballot shall clearly state that it is illegal for a Notary Public to charge a fee for notarizing the affidavit on the envelope. Senate Bill 1910 repeals this provision and now requires an absentee ballot to be accompanied by a notice that it is illegal for a Notary to charge a fee to notarize an absentee ballot affidavit. In addition, SB 1910 includes a prohibition against a Notary charging a fee for notarizing an absentee ballot affidavit in 49 OS § 5 where it is more likely a Notary will read and take notice of it.

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