Vermont Secretary of State

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Vermont Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2010 FY Budget:  $8,527,442
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   2 years
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Jim Condos.jpg
Name:  Jim Condos
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 6, 2011
Compensation:  $95,139
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Secretary of State for Vermont is one of five cabinet-level constitutional officers in the state of Vermont which are elected every two years. The secretary is responsible for the filing and publication of administrative rules by all state agencies.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Jim Condos (D). Condos was first elected to the statewide executive position in November 2010.


The Vermont Secretary of State's office is established in the Vermont Constitution. Chapter 2, Section 43 describes the officers to be elected in biennially.

Chapter 2, Section 43:

Biennial Elections
The Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of Accounts, Senators, Town Representatives, Assistant Judges of the County Court, Sheriffs, High Bailiffs, State's Attorneys, Judges of Probate and Justices of the Peace, shall be elected biennially on the first Tuesday next after the first Monday of November, beginning in A.D. 1914.


There are no specific qualifications for this office.


The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor are elected every two years, on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.

In Vermont, state executives are elected in even numbered years; 2016, 2018 and 2020 are all election years.

Full history


See also: Vermont secretary of state election, 2014

Democratic incumbent Jim Condos won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Secretary of State of Vermont, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Condos Incumbent 74.7% 126,427
     Progressive Ben Eastwood 14.5% 24,518
     Liberty Union Mary Alice Herbert 10.3% 17,460
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 730
Total Votes 169,135
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


Section 20 of the Vermont Constitution, grants the governor the power to fill a vacancy in the office by appointment. The appointee shall serve until the next regularly scheduled election.


The office of the Secretary of State performs a number of important functions:

  • Administers a records management program for Vermont public agencies;
  • Licenses, certifies, and registers 39 occupations and professions
  • Registers all business entities in the state
  • Serves as the filing repository for Uniform Commercial Code filings
  • Serves at the state's chief election officer
  • Administers elections, oversees campaign finance reporting and lobbyist disclosure laws, and encourages civic participation through programs like Kids Voting Vermont and Honor a Vet with your Vote
  • Provides local officials and members of the public with information, assistance, and educational materials related to municipal law and practice and the requirements of Vermont's open government laws
  • Oversees the filing and publication of administrative rules by all state agencies
  • Oversees all of the state's notaries public
  • Manages a confidentiality program to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking avoid being tracked down by an abuser using state or local public records[1]


The Office of the Secretary of State includes the following divisions:

  • State Archives and Records Administration
  • Office of Professional Regulation
  • Corporations
  • Elections
  • Municipal Programs
  • Administrative Procedures Act -Rule Making
  • Notary
  • "Safe at Home"

State budget

See also: Vermont state budget and finances

The budget for the Office of the Secretary of State in Fiscal Year 2010 was $8,527,442.[2]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The secretary of state, along with the rest of Vermont's elected executives, is legally entitled to an annual salary in accordance with Title 32, Chapter 15 of the Vermont Statutes (32 V.S.A. § 1003). Taking into account value adjustments, the statute contains real compensation figures for the previous and current year only.[3]


In 2014, the secretary received a salary of $95,139, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $95,139, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2012, the secretary was paid an estimated $90,376, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the secretary was paid an estimated $90,376, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Vermont Secretary of State's Office
Redstone Building
26 Terrace Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1101

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