Voting is a right upheld in the Constitution, but some local out of state voters are being asked to pay up to have their ballots notarized for their home state.
Many states make it illegal to make a voter pay to notarize an absentee ballot, but in Michigan, a notary can charge up to $10 to notarize anything. This means an out-of-state voter needing a notarized ballot could have to pay to vote.
Lansing Clerk Chris Swope says that it could impact some people's decision to hit the polls, especially the poor who may not have extra cash to pay for something most believe should be free. But some notaries in our area say they havebeen charging to notarize ballots, something the National Notary Association strongly stands against.
While most states have done away with notary requirements for absentee ballots, a handful still require notary or witness signatures--something local lawmakers say they're willing to help out with so everyone's voice is heard.
"I certainly would agree that the notary should do it for free, and would be glad to support that if we were notarizing simply for the purpose of voting," Republican Senator Rick Jones.
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