Idaho Secretary of State
|Idaho Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$2,308,300|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Assumed office:||January 5, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Idaho Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Controller • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Director of Lands • Labor Director • Public Utilities Commission|
The current secretary of state is Lawerence Denney, a Republican, who was first elected on November 4, 2014. He was sworn in January 5, 2015, succeeding three-term incumbent Ben Ysursa (R). Ysursa declined to run for re-election in 2014.
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- at least 25 old
- a United States citizen
- a resident of Idaho at least two years prior to the election
No person shall be eligible ... to the office of secretary of state, state controller, or state treasurer, unless he shall have attained the age of twenty-five years; ... In addition to the qualifications above described each of the officers named shall be a citizen of the United States and shall have resided within the state or territory two years next preceding his election.
Idaho elects secretaries of state to four-year terms in federal midterm election years, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. Thus, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all election years. Winners take office on the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011, and January 5, 2015, are inaugural days.
If two candidates ever tie in the general election, a joint session of the legislature chooses the winner by a majority vote.
- See also: Idaho secretary of state election, 2014
|Secretary of State of Idaho, 2014|
|Democratic||Holli High Woodings||43.8%||188,353|
|Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Per Article IV, Section 6 of the Idaho Constitution, the governor appoints a replacement to any state office where a vacancy occurs, subject to the approval of the Idaho Senate. The appointee serves until the next general election.
The secretary of state's responsibilities include:
- Registering business entities
- Administering the state's application of the Uniform Commercial Code
- Running Idaho's elections
- Licensing notaries public
- Registering trademarks
- Operating the state's health care and will registries
- Publishing various state documents, including state law
- Legislative Affairs
- Business Entities
- Liens - UCC
- Notar, Apostilles and Authentications
- See also: Idaho state budget and finances
The budget for the Office of the Secretary of State in Fiscal Year 2013 was $2,308,300.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of elected executives in Idaho are determined by the Idaho State Legislature. Salaries cannot be increased or decreased during the current terms of affected officers. In 2014, state legislators passed a bill authorizing annual salaries for executives from 2015 through 2018.
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Office of the Secretary of State
Post Office Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0080
Phone: (208) 334-2300
Fax: (208) 334-2282
- Idaho Secretary of State, "Home," accessed September 28, 2011
- Budget Publications, “State of Idaho 2012 Legislative Fiscal Report for Fiscal Year 2013,” 6.69," accessed June20, 2013
- Idaho State Legislature, "Title 59: Public Officers in General," accessed February 24, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014