Representative Chris Millis called for the resignation of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Tuesday on the grounds that her office issued more than 320 notary public commissions over the last nine years to persons with no legal residency status, in contravention of both state and federal law.
“I have sent a letter to the North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall, requesting her immediate resignation from office,” said Millis at a morning press conference at the North Carolina General Assembly. “I have made it clear that if the Secretary chooses not to resign, I will proceed with all legislative actions, including a resolution of impeachment.”
State law requires that notaries meet a variety of requirements, including that they “reside legally in the United States.” Legal residence in the United States is conferred only via citizenship or by way of a Permanent Resident Alien Card (commonly known as a “green card”), issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Millis says that documents obtained from Marshall show that her office routinely accepted another form of alien identification, a “DACA card,” in lieu of a green card as proof of legal residency. A DACA card is a temporary employment authorization to facilitate safe and legitimate employment and income for otherwise undocumented aliens but does not confer legal immigration status.
“Among the over 320 persons illegally commissioned as notaries, a number of identification documents included DACA Driver Licenses, DACA Decision Approval Notices from Homeland Security, DACA Employment Authorization Approval Notices from Homeland Security, Mexican National Passports, and a NAFTA work/travel visa,” continued Millis. “In fact, one notary commissioned by the Secretary was “an alien against whom a final order of deportation or removal exists.”
“None of these 320+ notaries reside legally in the United States, as our North Carolina Notary Law requires,” Millis said. “Nor do they meet the requirements set forth on the application to become a notary, published by the Secretary of State’s office.”
Notaries public are ministerial officers of North Carolina government who are authorized to certify various transactions and documents, such as deeds of trust, wills, powers of attorney, and absentee ballots.
People who aren’t legally entitled to vote certifying absentee ballots? What could possibly go wrong?
Read more on Representative Millis’ web site here.