SOURCE: National Notary Association

June 12, 2006 15:14 ET

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Receives National Recognition for Leadership in Protecting Consumers and Industry

National Notary Association Awards Marshall the March Fong Eu Achievement Award During Its 28th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- Each year, the National Notary Association (NNA) confers upon an individual the March Fong Eu Achievement Award, given to the person who, in the judgment of the NNA's Executive Committee, did the most to improve the standards, image, quality and effectiveness of the office of Notary Public, or who has deployed notarial principles and practices to make significant advances in fraud-deterrent causes. On behalf of the nation's 4.5 million Notaries, the NNA selected North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall as the 2006 Achievement Award recipient and honored her before more than 1,000 Notaries, business leaders and international delegates during its 28th annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Secretary Marshall was honored for her successful efforts to update North Carolina's Notary Public laws, including provisions that strengthen the fraud-fighting role of the Notary through tougher identification requirements and new specifications for the official Notary seal.

Of great significance were provisions that created a comprehensive statute to govern Notaries in the performance of electronic notarization, ensuring that North Carolina Notaries remain relevant in the emerging world of e-commerce and are able to deliver the same time-tested securities that they offer in the paper-based world. North Carolina became the first state in the nation to enact a comprehensive statute governing Notaries in the performance of electronic notarization.

"Notaries serve as a critical fraud-deterrent and can shield society from various types of identity and document fraud," Marshall said. "I am honored to receive this prestigious award from the National Notary Association and I am proud to oversee North Carolina's Notaries Public. The role Notaries play in safeguarding the public is a top priority for my office."

"Secretary Marshall understands that the primary duty of the Notary Public is fraud prevention," said NNA Executive Director Timothy S. Reiniger. "Because of her leadership, North Carolina Notaries will now be more effective in their duties, both in the paper and electronic realms. The NNA commends Secretary Marshall for taking the lead in protecting North Carolinians."

The Achievement Award is named for its first recipient -- former California Secretary of State March Fong Eu.

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