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Chapman Proposes Poll Tax, Exits Stage Right

by: Pink

Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 15:01:19 PM CDT

(We're going to need more notaries in Alabama!   - promoted by countrycat)

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman posted her proposed state voter ID regulation on Friday and announced she was stepping down on Monday morning. Chapman will go to work for a government affairs concern, but denies any lobbying will be involved.

The proposal provides free voter ID's, provided a notarized form is submitted with the application. And there's the rub. The form requires the seal of a notary public. A notary public is a minor state official appointed by the probate judge and is authorized under state law to collect a fee for sanctifying documents.

The state cannot place a tax on voting. Free voter ID's are not free if they must be notarized. On the internet I found notaries, but I would not have known where to find a notary without the internet. The choices I found were $5 across town or $35 they come to me. I suspect in rural Alabama they choices would be much more limited, and without the internet, much more difficult to locate.

Life after the Voting Rights Act continues.

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and how much (4.00 / 1)

is the state paying the private companies that will be issuing these "free" id's? Despite our supposedly not being able to afford medical care for our people?  I bet they'd have a "free" notary too, for somebody's brother in law's company, when they figure that out.  Maybe we will have to go back to that idea of a camera stealing souls. 

notaries. (4.00 / 1)

Most companies have notaries, I would think most large churches.  Banks will often offer free service to customers. 

Progressives could organize a notoratize the voter id outreach with volunteer notaries.   A person in a church could likely find a comember notary.  The local Dem county association is supposed to have a notary on hand. 

A progressive organization should be able to fund a notary for under $100 if the want to go that route.   

 A pain in the ass but can be handled. 

We're going to need more notaries! (0.00 / 0)

That's for sure.

Funny, I made this comment when I promoted the diary, but it disappeared into the "tubes" apparently.

Notaries are appointed by the probate judges of each county and it doesn't look like it's a really difficult process.  Here's the Jefferson County application.  I believe there's a fee and the notary has to post a bond as well.

And you're exactly right: every county party needs to get some folks qualified as notaries who will do this work for free - or close to it.  And it needs to get started now: we can't wait until next spring or summer.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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Details on becoming a Notary (0.00 / 0)

Becoming a notary is fairly easy and inexpensive but then again it isn't.  Here's a page showing the requirements to become a notary in Alabama.

As you can see, the application fee is fairly modest, topping out at $25 for a 4-year commission (the fees vary based upon county). Oh, you'll also need a seal, which you can get for around $50.

But look closer... state lawt also requires applicants to take out a 4-year $25,000 bond. That bond, if you follow the link provided on the site, costs $104.

Also, note that the notary retains legal liability for all documents notarized... which means the notary would be wise to verify the citizenship of a person before notarizing any ID intended for voting. Otherwise they could be held partially responsible in any future voting fraud investigation. 

I'm not attacking or defending the law, I'm just providing more detailed information on notaries in our state. 

Sorry, typo... (0.00 / 0)
A pre-inked seal won't cost $50, it will cost $25. Also, you may be able to get a 4-year $25,000 bond for less than $100.

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I'm a Notary (4.00 / 1)
At-large for the State of Alabama.  I'm located in Mobile and I plan to offer my services to the local voting rights groups like the League of Women Voters.  If anyone has a suggestion for other Mobile based groups that might need such help, I can be reached at banjo23 (at) comcast (dot) net. Thanks.



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