Nevada Secretary of State

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Nevada Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-13 FY Budget:  $14,068,107
Term limits:  2 terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Nevada Constitution, Article V, Section 19
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Barbara Cegavske.jpg
Name:  Barbara Cegavske
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2015
Compensation:  $102,898
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Nevada Executive Offices
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The Secretary of State for Nevada is the third highest ranking state official, behind the governor and lieutenant governor. The office is responsible for maintaining the official records of the acts of the state legislature and of the executive branch of the Nevada government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Republican Barbara Cegavske. She was first elected in 2014.


The state Constitution addresses the office of the secretary of state in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section 19:

A Secretary of State, a Treasurer, a Controller, and an Attorney General, shall be elected at the same time and places, and in the same manner as the Governor.


There are no specific qualifications for this office.


Nevada state government organizational chart
See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

The Nevada Secretary of State is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years in length. As specified in Article V, Section 19 of the Nevada State Constitution, a limit of two four-year terms is imposed on those who occupy this statewide position.



See also: Nevada Secretary of State election, 2014
Secretary of State of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Cegavske 50.4% 273,720
     Democratic Kate Marshall 46.1% 250,612
     Independent None of these candidates 3.5% 18,778
Total Votes 543,110
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.


See also: Nevada Secretary of State election, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Ross Miller won re-election to the office of Nevada Secretary of State. He defeated Rob Lauer and John Wagner in the general election.

Nevada Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Miller Incumbent 55.1% 374,086
     Republican Rob Lauer 38.6% 262,222
     Ind. American John Wagner 6.2% 42,178
Total Votes 678,486
Election Results Via: Nevada Office of the Secretary of State


On November 7, 2006, Ross Miller won election to the office of Nevada Secretary of State. He defeated Danny Tarkanian and Janine Hansen in the general election.

Nevada Secretary of State, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Miller 50.7% 279,510
     Republican Danny Tarkanian 42.2% 232,705
     Independent American Janine Hansen 7% 38,757
Total Votes 550,972
Election Results Via: Nevada office of the Secretary of State


On November 5, 2002, Dean Heller won re-election to the office of Nevada Secretary of State. He defeated William Hamma, Christopher Hansen, Lois Avery, and Paul Lenart in the general election.

Nevada Secretary of State, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Heller Incumbent 64.4% 298,125
     Democratic William Hamma 26.9% 124,655
     Independent American Christopher Hansen 3.9% 17,987
     Natural Law Lois Avery 3.1% 14,552
     Green Paul Lenart 1.6% 7,602
Total Votes 462,921
Election Results Via: Nevada office of the Secretary of State (timed out)


As established by Article 5, Section 8 of the Nevada Constitution, in the event of a vacancy, the governor fills the office by appointment. The appointee serves until a successor is elected and qualified.


The secretary of state acts as the official record-keeper of the state of Nevada, and is the keeper of the State Seal of Nevada. The secretary also maintains the official bond of the state treasurer, and serves on the State Board of Prison Commissioners, the State Board of Examiners, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, the State Records Committee, the State Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy and the Executive Branch Audit Committee.

The secretary also maintains the state's registry of living wills and advance medical directives, and maintains a list of ministers and clergy in the state.


The secretary of state is organized into four divisions: Commercial recordings, Elections, Notary and Securities.

  • Commercial Recordings: is responsible for accepting, filing, and providing public access to organizational documents of business entities. This department is also in charge of the Commercial Recordings Division which registers trade names, trademarks, service marks, and rights of publicity.
  • Elections Division: certifies candidates, registers and files campaign finance reports, certifies ballot questions, supervises elections, and reports and certifies primary and general elections. This division also administers the Confidential Address Program for victims of domestic violence.
  • Notaries Division: this office is responsible for appointing, training Notaries Public serving in Nevada. The division is also responsible for administering the state's digital signature laws.
  • Securities Division: licenses individuals that sell securities, registers securities offerings, and enforces the civil and criminal provisions of the state security laws. It also licenses sport agents.

Role in the initiative process

Before a petition may be circulated in Nevada it must first be submitted to the secretary of state. The ballot description must abide by the petition guidelines and consist of a 200 words or less description.

Signature Verification

After a petition has been circulated, signatures and all other documents relating to the petition should be submitted to the County Clerk in the respective county in which the petition was circulated.

The County Clerk will do a raw count of all the signatures and forward the number to the secretary of state within four days. If the raw count returns at 100 percent of signatures required to qualify a ballot then the secretary of state will notify the County Clerk to verify the rest of the signatures.

If more than 500 signatures have been submitted, the County Clerk will verify 500 or 5 percent (whichever is greater) signatures. A sponsor of the petition is allowed to witness the verification process. Upon the competition of this process the County Clerk forward the petition and certificate of the signature results to the secretary of state. The County Clerk will also notify the secretary of names that wrote in to be removed from the petition at this time. The entire process must be completed within nine days after the initial notification.

If the random sampling of signatures has between 90 percent or greater, but less than 100 percent the secretary of state will have the County Clerk reexamine the signatures for verification. This means that each signature must be re-verified within 12 days after receiving the order from the secretary of state.

Ballot Question

Once the initiative is qualified for the ballot, the secretary of state must draft the ballot as question. Upon consultation with the Nevada Attorney General the secretary will write the ballot as a question and a short summary of the ballot. The office is also obligated to determined the fiscal impact of the measure with Fiscal Analysis division of the Legislative Counsel Bureau. The secretary then assigns the ballot question a number for the General Election Ballot.

Ballot Summary

The secretary of state may reject any arguments found to be libelous or factually inaccurate. The office also may make arguments more clear and concise as long as the message of the argument is not altered.

Appealing the Secretary of State

  • Proponents of a ballot may challenge the secretary of state within five working days after receipt of signature sufficiency is filed.
  • Committees may appeal the reject of a statement by the secretary of state within five days of the rejection to the First Judicial Court. No later than three days after the complaint is filed will the Court rule on the matter.

State budget

See also: Nevada state budget and finances

The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $14,068,107.[1]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

Article 17, Section 5 of the Nevada Constitution mandates the salary of the secretary of state for the first term in office. However, Article 15, Section 9 provides that the state legislature may at any time increase or decrease the compensation, effective during the subsequent term. Since January, 2011, and on the first Monday of every fourth year thereafter, the secretary of state’s salary is increased by the cumulative percentage increase in the salaries of classified Nevada employees during the previous term.[2]


In 2014, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $102,898, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2013 the secretary of state was paid an estimated $102,898, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2012, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $97,000, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $97,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Nevada State Capitol Building
101 North Carson Street, Suite 3
Carson City, NV 89701

Phone: (775) 684-5708
Fax: (775) 684-5725

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.