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Connecticut Secretary of State

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Connecticut Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $8,880,652
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Denise Merrill 2.jpg
Name:  Denise Merrill
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  June 5, 2011
Compensation:  $110,000
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Secretary of the State for Connecticut is designated by the Constitution and General Statutes of Connecticut as the official keeper of a wide array of public records and documents. The office registers and licenses various businesses and commercial lenders, runs the state's elections, officially documents legislation, regulations and other acts of the state government, and responds to more than 600,000 requests for information annually. It also publishes, distributes and sells the State Register and Manual and other publications.

Current officeholder

The current secretary is Denise Merrill, who was first elected in November 2010 and took office on January 5, 2011. She will next come up for re-election, if she chooses to run, in November 2014.

Before becoming secretary of the state, Merrill served as a state representative for 17 years, from 1994 to 2011. She was House majority leader from 2008 to 2010 and chair of the House Appropriations Committee from 2005 to 2008. Merrill holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and is licensed to practice law in California. She has three children and one grandchild.[1]

Authority

The office of secretary of the state is established in the state constitution.

Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 1

A general election for ... secretary of the state... shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1966, and quadrennially thereafter.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications for this office.

Elections

Connecticut state government organizational chart

Secretaries of the state are elected to four year terms in federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.) and take office on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in the January following their election.[2]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 9-146-181

At the state election to be held in 1966, and quadrennially thereafter, there shall be elected a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Comptroller and Attorney General to hold their respective offices from the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election until the Wednesday following the first Monday of the fifth January succeeding their election and until their successors are qualified.

Term limits

Connecticut state executive officers, including the secretary of the state, do not face term limits

Vacancies

When a vacancy occurs in the office of secretary, the state legislature votes a replacement into office if it is in session. Otherwise the governor appoints a replacement.[3]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 9-146-213

(a) If the office of Secretary of the State or Comptroller becomes vacant, the General Assembly, if in session, shall fill it; but, if the vacancy occurs when the General Assembly is not in session or if the General Assembly fails to make an appointment to fill the vacancy, it shall be filled by the Governor.

Duties

The secretary of state is responsible for keeping public records and documents, administers aspects of business law "including the approval of all certificates of incorporation, organization and dissolution, as well as annual and biennial reports. Trademarks are registered here as well."[4] The secretary also acts as the state's commissioner of elections and supervises all of Connecticut's local, state and federal-level election contests.

Divisions

Commercial Recording Division

Commercial Recording Division (CRD) files and maintains legally required records showing the formation of and fundamental changes to corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and other businesses. CRD disseminates that information to the general public and the business, banking and legal communities. Transactions relevant to security interests in personal property are perfected by filing statements under the Uniform Commercial Code statutes with the Research and Response unit. These filings protect the holder of the security interest by securing the lien and providing public notice that such interest exists. Trade, service, collective, certification and device marks are granted registration and the division investigates and collects fees and penalties from foreign corporations doing business in Connecticut without authority. The division is also responsible for administering the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), which provides services to victims of crime.

CRD offers real time access to corporate and UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) documents via the Internet. Anyone who has access to the Internet can go to the Secretary of the State's website and then to CRD's database called "CONCORD."You may obtain names and addresses of corporate officers and directors, business addresses and a listing of all filings made for that business.

The Small and Minority Business Services Unit within CRD has been able to assist over 7,000 entrepreneurs since its inception in March 2000. Several state, federal, and municipal agencies participate in order to reach the demographics of small businesses across the state. The project also collaborates with corporate and private entities to build relationships that together assist small enterprises. There are two business showcases each year, which serve as a one-stop opportunity for the business owner. In addition, other business programs include seminars and networking events designed to assist entrepreneurs in achieving their highest potential. Small businesses benefit by participating in all of the events.

Legislation and Elections Administration

Legislation and Elections Administration Division (LEAD) administers, interprets and implements all state and federal laws pertaining to elections, primaries, nominating procedures, and the acquisition and exercise of voting rights. The Division encourages and monitors the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act and other voter registration efforts in Connecticut. In conjunction with local Town Clerks and Registrars of Voters, the division provides training for local elected officials. The division, working with local officials, has put into operation a statewide-computerized voter registry system, which complies with the Help America Vote Act.

In addition the division is the official keeper of all acts, orders, grants and resolutions of the General Assembly, receives and maintains legislation, regulations and a wide range of other public documents as required by statute, and administers Connecticut’s notary public program.

Information Technology

Information Technology is responsible for the administration, support, development and maintenance of all computer systems and related applications within the agency. It also provides support to the Centralized Voter Registration system, CONCORD (Connecticut Online Commercial Recording Database), the agency website and all E-Government initiatives within the agency.

Management and Support Services

Management and Support Services supports the office in the areas of human resources, affirmative action, fiscal administration, business, revenue depositing, purchasing, data processing and other support services. It also publishes the Connecticut State Register and Manual (the “Blue Book”), maintains the interactive version on the agency website, and coordinates its distribution and sales.

Electoral history

2010

See also: Connecticut Secretary of State election, 2010

General election

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Denise Merrill 52.9%
     Republican Party Jerry Farrell 43.8%
     Independent Michael J. Telesca 1.3%
     Green Party S. Michael DeRosa 1.2%
     Libertarian Party Ken Mosher 0.8%
Total Votes 1,105,203

Republican Primary

  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary

Democratic Primary

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Denise Merrill 62.9%
     Democratic Party Gerry Garcia 37.1%
Total Votes 169,981

2006

  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Susan Bysiewicz 69.8%
     Republican Party Richard J. Abbate 26.4%
     Green Party S. Michael DeRosa 1.8%
     Libertarian Party Kenneth F. Mosher 1.2%
     Concerned Citizens Jean Marie Burness 0.8%
Total Votes 1,044,871

2002

  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
2002 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Susan Bysiewicz 64.2%
     Republican Party Ronald S. San Angelo 34.3%
     Libertarian Party Darlene H. Nicholas 1.5%
Total Votes 952,164

1998

  • 1998 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
1998 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Susan Bysiewicz 59.1%
     Republican Party Ben Andrews 39.8%
     Libertarian Party Kenneth F. Mosher 1.1%
Total Votes 899,624

State budget

The budget for the in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $8,880,652.[10]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The secretary's compensation is determined by law.

2013

In 2013, the secretary received a salary of $110,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[11]

2012

In 2012, the Connecticut Secretary of State was paid an estimated $110,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
210 Capitol Avenue, Suite 104
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 509-6200
Fax: (860) 509-6209
E-mail: susan.bysiewicz@po.state.ct.us

Connecticut

Mailing Address:
Secretary of State
ATTN: Capitol Office
Post Office Box 150470
Hartford, CT 06115-0470

See also

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