Arkansas Secretary of State
|Arkansas Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$26,507,761|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 63, Article 6|
|Assumed office:||January 11, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Arkansas Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Commissioner of State Lands • Natural Resources Exec. Director • Labor Director • Public Service Commission|
The current secretary is Republican Mark Martin, who was first elected in November 2010 and will first come for to re-election in November 2014. Martin assumed office on January 11, 2011, and his term will expire on January 13, 2015.
Before becoming secretary of state, Martin served three terms as a state representative, from 2004 to 2010. He was also president of M3 Engineering, an architecture, engineering and construction management firm. Previously, Martin was vice president of research and technology for Renfroe Engineering from 2002 to 2006 and president of PsyberSimula from 1998 to 2002. He also served as a nuclear engineering laboratory technician in the U.S. Navy.
Martin earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children.
The office of secretary of state is established by Amendment 63 to Article 6 of the Arkansas Constitution.
Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 63
The Executive Department of this State shall consist of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, Auditor of State, Attorney General and Commissioner of State Lands, all of whom shall keep their offices at the seat of government, and hold their offices for the term of four (4) years, and until their successors are elected and qualified.
The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements -- being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas, at least 18 years old. Felons and citizens judged to be mentally incompetent by a court are also ineligible to vote and, by extension, to hold office.
Other requirements to complete a voter registration form -- essentially, qualifications to be an elector -- are given by Amendment 59, Section 6 of the constitution.
Incumbents may not hold any other state, federal, or civil office, and may not have ever been convicted of "embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery, or other infamous crime."
No persons shall be elected to, or appointed to fill a vacancy in, any office who does not possess the qualifications of an elector.
No person hereafter convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery or other infamous crime, shall be eligible to the General Assembly or capable of holding any office of trust or profit in this State.
Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 51, Section 6
(6) The mail voter registration application form shall include the following questions along with
boxes for the applicant to check "yes" or "no" in response:
Arkansans elect their secretary of state for four year terms during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.). Secretaries of state, like all Arkansas executives, served two year terms until 1982, when Amendment 63 to the Constitution of Arkansas increased the term length to its current level. The first elections held under the new system occurred in 1986, and every four years since.
Secretaries of state, like all Arkansas executives, face an absolute limit of two terms in office.
When the office of secretary of state becomes vacant "by death, resignation, or otherwise," the governor appoints a replacement to complete the unexpired term.
The secretary of state is Arkansas' chief election officer; he or she maintains the state's election records, supervises voter registration and electronic voting systems, and collects campaign finance reports from candidates, donors and interest groups. The secretary's office also runs voter education and outreach programs to encourage greater voter participation through programs such as "Young Voter's Month." These programs also encourage knowledge of Arkansas history, the state capitol, and "citizenship."
The secretary's office handles business registration, licensing and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) matters. It also keeps the state capitol building and grounds, and manages the capitol police.
The Secretary of State is divided into seven divisions. These are:
- Authentication of Documents
- Building and Grounds
- Business and Commercial Services Division
- Communications and Education
- Financial and Business Office
- Capital Security and tours
The budget for the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $26,507,761.
In 2010, the secretary of state received compensation in the amount of $54,594. The salaries of members of the state's executive department, including the secretary, are determined by the state constitution. A majority vote of all legislators and a voter referendum is required to change the compensation executive officials receive. However, salaries are automatically increased every year in line with increases in inflation as represented by the Consumer Price Index.
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Office of Arkansas Secretary of State
State Capitol, RM 256
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1010
- Governor: Mike Beebe (D)
- Lieutenant Governor: Vacant
- Attorney General: Dustin McDaniel (D)
- Auditor of State: Charlie Daniels (D)
- Secretary of State: Mark Martin (R)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Butch Calhoun
- Treasurer of State: Charles Robinson (D)
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Mark's Biography," accessed June 16, 2011
- Arkansas Constitution, "Amendment 63," accessed June 17, 2011
- Arkansas Constitution, "Amendment 63, Section 1," accessed June 16, 2011
- Arkansas Constitution, "Amendment 73, Section 1b," accessed June 16, 2011
- Arkansas Constitution, "Article 6, Section 22," accessed June 16, 2011
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "About the Office," accessed June 16, 2011
- Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, "State of Arkansas Funded Budget - Fiscal Year 2012," accessed May 28, 2013
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010, Table 4.11," accessed May 20, 2011
- Arkansas Constitution, "Amendment 70, Sections 1-3," accessed June 16, 2011