Ohio Secretary of State
|Ohio Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$21,334,826|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Ohio Constitution, Article III, Section 1|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
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The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, and an attorney general, who shall be elected on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, by the electors of the state, and at the places of voting for members of the General Assembly.
No person shall be elected or appointed to any office in this state unless possessed of the qualifications of an elector.
- resident of Ohio
- a qualified elector
- at least 18 years old
Article III, Section 18 of the state Constitution addresses vacancies in state offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor to serve until the next general election in an even numbered year that occurs more than forty days after the seat becomes vacant.
The duties of the secretary of state in Ohio center on the office's three divisions: elections, business services, and records management.
- serves as the state's chief election officer
- certifies, publishes, and maintains a record of all official election results
- appoints members to the board of elections
- registers and keeps a current record of all corporations, partnerships, and limited liability partnerships
- issues licenses for and maintains a registry of all notaries public
- issues licenses for and maintains a registry of all ministers
- maintains an official record of all government actions
- helps provide public access to Ohio state government records
According to Article III, Section 1 of the state Constitution, the secretary of state in Ohio is elected every four years, in mid-term election years. For the secretary of state in Ohio, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are election years.
The secretary of state is limited to two successive terms of four years. An individual may seek another term in office after a period of four or more years has elapsed.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Ohio Secretary of State, Click [show] to expand the section.
- The Business Filings Division records and files articles of incorporation for all Ohio businesses, approves mergers and consolidations, registers trademarks, trade names, and service marks.
- The Elections Division oversees the entire elections process . The office enforces election laws, reviews petitions, and maintains campaign finance records.
- The Records Division certifies all official state documents, maintains historical records, and issues licenses to ministers and notaries public.
The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $21,334,826.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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Ohio Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-2655
Toll Free: (877) 767-6446
- Governor: John Kasich (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Mary Taylor (R)
- Attorney General: Richard Michael DeWine (R)
- Auditor of State: Dave Yost (R)
- Secretary of State: Jon Husted (R)
- Director of Agriculture: David T. Daniels
- Treasurer of State: Josh Mandel (R)
- Ohio Constitution
- Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
- Duties and Responsibilities of the Ohio Secretary of State
- Ohio Ballot Board
- Ohio Elections and ballot issues
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Duties & Responsibilities," accessed April 9, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Jon Husted Biography," accessed April 9, 2013
- Ohio Office of Budget and Management, "FY 2012-2013 - Enacted," accessed April 12, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 27, 2014
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed April 23, 2011