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 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|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, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all secretary of state election years.
|2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary|
|Democratic Party||Mary Herrera||39.6%|
|Democratic Party||Stephanie V. Gonzales||28.9%|
|Democratic Party||Shirley Hooper||19.4%|
|Democratic Party||Letitia Montoya||12.1%|
|2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Mary Herrera||54.2%|
|Republican Party||Vickie S. Pera||45.8%|
- Mary Herrera ran unopposed in this contest
- Dianna Duran ran unopposed in this contest
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Republican Party||Dianna Duran||57.5%|
|Democratic Party||Mary Herrera||42.5%|
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.
The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $5,405,300.
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
- Secretary of State - Official 2006 Primary Election Results
- Secretary of State - Official 2006 General Election Results
- New Mexico Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
- New Mexico Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Scribd, "State of New Mexico Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Year 2014," accessed June 12, 2013
- 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