New Mexico Secretary of State
|New Mexico Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$5,405,300|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other New Mexico Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Public Lands • Secretary of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Superintendent • Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources • Secretary of Workforce Solutions • Public Regulation Commission • Public Education Commission|
- 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 secretary maintains records of bills signed into law, referendum petitions, and legislative journals, and ensures that proposed amendments to the New Mexico Constitution are published in at least one newspaper in every county in the state for four consecutive weeks, in both English and Spanish. The secretary also serves as registered agent for service of process for foreign corporations in some lawsuits.
The secretary of state is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of New Mexico, and affixes the seal to all commissions issued in the name of the governor.
Under Article V, Section 1:
The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands,...
Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under New Mexico State Law in order to be considered for the Office of Secretary of State:
- No person shall be eligible to any office specified in Section One, hereof, unless he be:
New Mexico elects secretaries of state in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For New Mexico, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all secretary of state election years.
|Secretary of State of New Mexico, 2014|
|Republican||Dianna Duran Incumbent||51.6%||262,117|
|Democratic||Maggie Toulouse Oliver||48.4%||245,508|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.|
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Republican Party||Dianna Duran||57.5%|
|Democratic Party||Mary Herrera||42.5%|
|2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Mary Herrera||54.2%|
|Republican Party||Vickie S. Pera||45.8%|
As with other executive officers, the Secretary of State for New Mexico is a publicly elected official and is subject to term limits. These measures, as established in Article V, Section 1 of the New Mexico State Constitution, stipulate that after serving two consecutive terms in office, the official must be out of office for a full term before he/she is allowed to run again for the statewide position.
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The Secretary of State's Office is composed of four divisions:
- The Bureau of Elections administers elections and enforces local, state, and federal election laws. The bureau's duties include training county clerks and voting machine technicians, maintaining the state's voter registration database, filing petitions of candidacy for official running for election, and administering the Native American Election Information Program, which is a special program to help improve voter registration and voter turnout among the Native American populations within the state.
- The Ethics Administrationregulates campaign finance and lobbying within the state, and provides ethics training to various parties involved in government.
- The Information Systems Division maintains the secretary of state's computer systems, and assists the Bureau of Elections in the management of the voter registration system.
- The Operations Division provides various administrative and business-related services to the people of New Mexico. This includes filing of security interests under the Uniform Commercial Code and the Food Security Act of 1985, registration of trademarks, formation of general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships (in New Mexico, corporations and Limited liability companies are registered by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission). This division is also responsible for licensing of notaries public and issuance of apostilles.
- See also: New Mexico state budget and finances
The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $5,405,300.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of state executive officers are established by the New Mexico State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 12 of the New Mexico Constitution established initial salaries for constitutional officers with the state legislature able to adjust these salaries starting in 1922, which was 10 years after the state's admission to the United States. This constitutional provision states the following:
| Text of Section 12:
Compensation of Executive Officers
The annual compensation to be paid to the officers mentioned in Section One of this article shall be as follows: governor, five thousand dollars [($5,000)]; secretary of state, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state auditor, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state treasurer, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; attorney general, four thousand dollars [($4,000)]; superintendent of public instruction, three thousand dollars [$3,000)]; and commissioner of public lands, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; which compensation shall be paid to the respective officers in equal quarterly payments.
The lieutenant governor shall receive ten dollars [($10.00)] per diem while acting as presiding officer of the senate, and mileage at the same rate as a state senator.
The compensation herein fixed shall be full payment for all services rendered by said officers and they shall receive no other fees or compensation whatsoever.
The compensation of any of said officers may be increased or decreased by law after the expiration of ten years from the date of the admission of New Mexico as a state.
In 2013, the secretary's salary remained at $85,000.
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Contact informationCapitol Address:
Office of the Secretary of State
New Mexico State Capitol
325 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87503
Phone: (505) 827-3600
Toll Free Phone: (800) 477-3632
Fax: (505) 827-3634
- "GOP wins NM Secretary of State race for the first time in 80 years," New Mexico Watchdog, November 3, 2010
- New Mexico Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results (timed out)
- Secretary of State - Official 2006 General Election Results (dead link)
- Scribd, "State of New Mexico Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Year 2014," accessed June 12, 2013
- New Mexico Compilation Commission, "8-1-1 Compensation of elective state officers," accessed February 25, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- 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 June 22, 2011