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Notary Notes

The Department of State's Disciplinary Actions: September - October 2021

by PAN

The Bureau of Election Services and Notaries took the following disciplinary actions against notaries public in September and October 2021:
  • A Mifflin County notary performed a notarial act with respect to a record in which she had a direct or pecuniary interest, failed to include a notarial certificate to evidence the notarial act performed, and failed to maintain a journal in chronological order of all notarial acts performed.
    • This notary agreed to a suspension of her notary commission for six months, immediately stayed in favor of probation; paid an administrative penalty of $1,000; and paid a probation assessment of $300.
  • A Bucks County notary notarized a pre-signed Municipal Primary Petition without the signer’s personal appearance and failed to provide the Department of State’s Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation investigator with copies of her notarial journal.
    • This notary is prohibited from reapplying for appointment and commission as a notary public for four years. This notary is subject to disciplinary action under the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA), 57 Pa.C.S. §323(a)(5), in that the notary lacks the honesty, integrity, competence, or reliability to hold the office of notary public, based on the notary’s failure to discharge duties required of a notary public and failure to comply with RULONA.
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