North Carolina Secretary of State
|North Carolina Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$11,519,000|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||North Carolina Constitution, Article III, Section 7|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other North Carolina Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
The current officeholder is Elaine Marshall (D). Marshall, first elected in 1996, is the first woman to be elected North Carolina secretary of state and the first woman elected to statewide executive office in North Carolina. Her current term expires in 2017.
(1) Officers. A Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Public Instruction, an Attorney General, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a Commissioner of Labor, and a Commissioner of Insurance shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected. Their term of office shall be four years and shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified. ...
Article VI, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:
|Every qualified voter in North Carolina who is 21 years of age, except as in this Constitution disqualified, shall be eligible for election by the people to office.|
- qualified North Carolina voter
- 21 years of age
Article III, Section 7 addresses vacancies in the office of secretary of state. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor who will serve until a new officeholder is elected. The election coincides with the first election for members of the General Assembly that occurs more than 60 days after the seat becomes vacant.
The duties of the secretary of state are outlines in the North Carolina general statutes:
- To perform such duties as may then be devolved upon the Secretary by resolution of the two houses of the General Assembly or either of them;
- To attend the Governor, whenever required by the Governor, for the purpose of receiving documents which have passed the great seal;
- To receive and keep all conveyances and mortgages belonging to the State;
- To distribute annually the statutes and the legislative journals;
- To distribute the acts of Congress received at the Secretary's office in the manner prescribed for the statutes of the State;
- To keep a receipt book, in which the Secretary shall take from every person to whom a grant shall be delivered, a receipt for the same; but may inclose grants by mail in a registered letter at the expense of the grantee, unless otherwise directed, first entering the same upon the receipt book;
- To issue charters and all necessary certificates for the incorporation, domestication, suspension, reinstatement, cancellation and dissolution of corporations as may be required by the corporation laws of the State and maintain a record thereof;
- To issue certificates of registration of trademarks, labels and designs as may be required by law and maintain a record thereof;
- To maintain a Division of Publications to compile data on the State's several governmental agencies and for legislative reference;
- To receive, enroll and safely preserve the Constitution of the State and all amendments thereto;
- To serve as a member of such boards and commissions as the Constitution and laws of the State may designate;
- To administer the Securities Law of the State, regulating the issuance and sale of securities, as is now or may be directed;
- To receive and keep all oaths of public officials required by law to be filed in the Secretary's office, and as Secretary of State, is fully empowered to administer official oaths to any public official of whom an oath is required;
- To receive and maintain a journal of all appointments made to any State board, agency, commission, council or authority which is filed in the office of the Secretary of State;
- To regulate the solicitation of contributions pursuant to Chapter 131F of the General Statutes; and
- To apply for and accept grants from the federal government and its agencies and from any foundation, corporation, association, or individual in order to effectuate the purposes of the Nonprofit Corporation Act, Chapter 55A of the General Statutes, and to further aid in the operation and development of nonprofit corporations. The Secretary shall comply with the terms, conditions, and limitations of grants applied for and accepted and shall expend grant funds pursuant to Chapter 143C of the General Statutes, The State Budget Act.
The secretary of state in North Carolina is popularly elected every four years, in presidential election years. The secretary of state, barring any vacancies, will be elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020. The term of office is four years, and begins on the first day of January next after their election.
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There are no limitations on the number of terms an individual may hold the office of secretary of state.
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The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $11,519,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $124,676.
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Contact InformationNorth Carolina Secretary of State:
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh NC 27626-0622
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903
Phone: (919) 807-2005
Fax: (919) 807-2039
- Governor: Pat McCrory (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Dan Forest (R)
- Attorney General: Roy Cooper (D)
- Auditor of State: Beth Wood (D)
- Secretary of State: Elaine Marshall (D)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Steve Troxler (R)
- Treasurer of State: Janet Cowell (D)
- North Carolina Constitution
- North Carolina General Assembly, "Enacted legislation by section, § 147‑36," accessed April 5,2012
- North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, "2011-2013 Post Legislative Budget Summary," accessed April 13, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 31, 2014
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed April 23, 2011