By Laura Leslie

Raleigh, N.C. — A Republican North Carolina lawmaker is calling on Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to resign or face impeachment over her handling of notary public licenses, but Marshall says the move is politically motivated.

Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, held a press conference Tuesday at the Legislative Building.

“If the secretary chooses not to resign, I will proceed with all legislative actions, including a resolution for impeachment,” Millis said.

Millis said his investigation began last September, when he “came across an article that reported that the North Carolina secretary of state may have commissioned illegal immigrants as notaries public – a direct conflict with state and federal law.”

He said he received 1,700 pages of documents in response to his request in February for documents on file of notary public license applications. His review of the documents leads him to believe that 320 people who do not legally reside in the United States have been commissioned as notaries public over the past nine years, he said.

The bulk of those, 250, were in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and submitted DACA driver’s licenses or employment authorization cards as proof of identity and eligibility, Millis said.

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