Massachusetts Secretary of State
|Massachusetts Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$220,670,341|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Massachusetts General Laws, Title 2, Chapter 9, Section 1|
|Name:||William Francis Galvin|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
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- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
The current officeholder is William F. Galvin. He was first elected to the statewide position in 1994 and is now serving in his fifth consecutive term, having won re-election in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. His current term expires in 2015.
The position of secretary is established by Title 2, Chapter 9, Section 1 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
"There shall be a department of the state secretary under his supervision and control, organized as provided in this chapter." 
According to Article XVII of the Massachusetts Constitution, an executive officer of the commonwealth must "have been an inhabitant of this commonwealth five years next preceding his election or appointment."
Massachusetts elects Secretaries of the Commonwealth in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Massachusetts, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all Secretary election years.
If the office of the secretary becomes vacant during annual or special session of the general court, the public elects a successor, otherwise, "it shall be supplied by the governor by appointment, with the advice and consent of the council."
Role in the initiative process
Massachusetts is one of the few state whose guidelines do not require proponents to file initiatives with the secretary of commonwealth first. In this state, one must first assemble 10 registered electors to sponsor a ballot. Then, with the full text of the ballot in had, they must arrive at the Election Commission or the board of registrars to file the petition. This must be done by the first Wednesday of August.
After the proponents have proven that they are registered voters, the attorney general will write a summary for the ballot and have it returned to the proponents. This is when the secretary of commonwealth file both the ballot language and the summary of the ballot. The secretary will then prepare blank petition forms with the summary printed on it for signature gathering. These forms will be available within 14 days of the submission. In order to pick these petition forms up from the printer, proponents must have an authorization slip from the secretary of commonwealth. Enough petition forms will be supplied to gather more than the required amount, but petitioners may print as many extra copies as they like.
Signatures must be filed by the first Wednesday of December. After the necessary number of signatures have been certified and subsequently filed with the secretary of the commonwealth, the secretary transmits the initiative petition to the House Clerk for legislative action on the first legislative day of the year.
Divisions of the Secretary of Commonwealth include:
- Address Confidentiality Division
- Citizen Information Service
- Corporations Division
- Elections Division
- Massachusetts Archives
- Public Record/Lobbyist
- Registry of Deeds
- Securities Division
- State Records Center
The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's budget for the 2013 fiscal year was $220,670,341.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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Contact informationCapitol Address:
Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1611
Boston, MA 02108-1512
Phone: (617) 727-7030
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-392-6090
Fax: (617) 742-4528
- William F. Galvin, Massachusetts Secretary of State
- Governor of Massachusetts
- Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
- Attorney General of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Constitution
Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.