The Secretary of State for Minnesota
is a constitutional
office in the executive branch of state government in Minnesota
. The secretary of state
is elected to a 4-year term as prescribed in the state’s constitution.
The current officeholder is Mark Ritchie. He was first elected to the statewide position in 2006 and subsequently won re-election four years later.
The state Constitution addresses the office of the secretary of state in Article V, the Executive Department.
Under Article V, Section I:
The executive department consists of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state...
Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Minnesota State Law in order to be considered for the Office of Secretary of State:
- Must be twenty-one (21) years of age
- Must be a qualified elector in the state of Minnesota
- Must be a legal resident of Minnesota thirty (30) days prior to the general election 
The secretary is the keeper of the Great Seal of the state of Minnesota. The secretary of state is responsible for preserving documents filed with the state, providing certain business services to the public, maintaining the recording of financing statements under the Uniform Commercial Code and administering Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program assisting Minnesotans who fear for their safety such as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Additionally, the secretary serves as the chief elections officer in Minnesota.
The secretary of state serves as a member on the State Executive Council, State Board of Investment, and the Minnesota Historical Society Executive Board.
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits
The office of Secretary of State is an elected position with elections held every four years. Elections are held in November and officers assume their duties the following January. There are no term limits.
- See also: Minnesota Secretary of State election, 2010
- 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Article V, Section 4 of the Minnesota Constitution addresses compensation:
...The duties and salaries of the executive officers shall be prescribed by law.
In 2012, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $90,227. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.
In 2010, the Minnesota Secretary of State was paid an estimated $90,227 according to the Council of State Governments.
180 State Office Building
100 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55155-1299
Business Phone: (651) 296-2803
Elections Phone: (651) 215-1440
Toll Free Phone: (800) 627-3529
Fax: (651) 215-0682