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==Primary Voting==
Arizona has a [ '''Semi-closed Primary'''] system that allows registered Independent and Non-declared voters the right to request a Party (partisan) Primary Ballot of THEIR CHOICE to vote for all candidates from city to federal office. This request can be made at the poll (do not accept a provisional ballot) on Election Day or by phone or email for an Early Mail-in Ballot starting 93 days before the August 26, 2014 Primary Election: [ '''Arizona State County Recorder contact information''']
During the past Session (Fifty-first Legislature – Second Regular Session 2014) Arizona Politicians from both parties attempted to change the election laws to move Arizona to a [ '''Caucus Primary System'''] due to Independent and Non-declared voter registration surging past the Republicans to constitute the largest voter bloc. 
[ '''Arizona Revises Statues: 16-542. Request for ballot; civil penalties; violation; classification state:''']
“A. Within ninety-three days before any election called pursuant to the laws of this state, an elector may make a verbal or signed request to the county recorder…..”
“…..For any partisan primary election, if the elector is not registered as a member of a political party that is entitled to continued representation on the ballot pursuant to section 16-804, the elector shall designate the ballot of only one of the political parties that is entitled to continued representation on the ballot and the elector may receive and vote the ballot of only that one political party….”
Note: this right and such request does not change the registration status of the voter in the State of Arizona.

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Arizona Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $16,812,400
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Ken Bennett.jpg
Name:  Ken Bennett
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 9, 2009
Compensation:  $70,000
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Arizona Secretary of State is an elected state executive officer in Arizona. His or her responsibilities range from publishing state laws and rules to serving as the chief election officer. The secretary is also keeper of the great seal of the state and oversees the registration of business partnerships and trademarks in Arizona.

Arizona's secretary of state is unique, as he or she serves as acting governor when the governor is absent or otherwise unable to serve. This duty is usually fulfilled by the lieutenant governor in other states, an office which Arizona lacks.

Current officeholder

The current secretary of state is Ken Bennett, a Republican, who was appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on January 26, 2009. Prior to Bennett's appointment, Brewer had been the secretary of state; she ascended to the governorship mid-term to fill in for former-Gov. Janet Napolitano after Napolitano, who resigned in January 2009.

Bennett won election to a full term in 2010, defeating Democratic candidate Chris Deschere.

Before becoming secretary of state, Bennett served four terms in the state Senate, from 1999 to 2007, with the last four as Senate president. Before joining the legislature, he was a member of the Arizona State Board of Education for seven years; he also served on the Arizona Charter Schools Board. His public service career began with election to the Prescott City Council in 1985, during which he was named mayor pro tempore.[1]


The office of secretary of state is established by the Arizona Constitution as part of the state's executive department.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)

The executive department shall consist of the governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction...


The Arizona Constitution requires all of the officers in the state's executive department, including the secretary of state, to be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen for 10 years, and an Arizona resident for five years.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 2

No person shall be eligible to any of the offices mentioned in section 1 of this article except a person of the age of not less than twenty-five years, who shall have been for ten years next preceding his election a citizen of the United States, and for five years next preceding his election a citizen of Arizona.


Arizona state government organizational chart

Arizonans elect their secretary of state in midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.) for a term of four years. The winner assumes office on the first Monday of January after his or her election. If no candidate receives a majority (over 50%) of the votes, a runoff election is held between the two candidates that received the largest amount. If the two candidates in the runoff receive an equal number of votes, the state legislature chooses a winner.

Secretaries of state hold office from the first Monday of January following the year they are elected.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)

A. The executive department shall consist of the governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction, each of whom shall hold office for a term of four years beginning on the first Monday of January, 1971 next after the regular general election in 1970.

B. The person having a majority of the votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If no person receives a majority of the votes cast for the office, a second election shall be held as prescribed by law between the persons receiving the highest and second highest number of votes cast for the office. The person receiving the highest number of votes at the second election for the office is elected, but if the two persons have an equal number of votes for the office, the two houses of the legislature at its next regular session shall elect forthwith, by joint ballot, one of such persons for said office.

Term limits

Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2) of the Arizona Constitution limits secretaries of state to two consecutive terms. Former officeholders may run again after they have remained out of office for one full term.


Article 5, Section 8 of the state constitution allows governor to fill vacancies in the office of secretary of state by appointment.


The secretary of state has a variety of administrative duties, mostly related to keeping official records and managing elections. In addition to the responsibilities common to the office in other states, the Arizona secretary of state takes over the office of governor in the event of a vacancy in the office or the incumbent is unable to discharge his duties.[2] This is a duty that most commonly falls to lieutenant governors, but Arizona is one of five states -- along with Maine, Wyoming, New Hampshire and Oregon -- that lack that office.

The secretary also:[3]

  • Certifies witnessing officers on documents transmitted to foreign countries (apostilles).
  • Keeps the Great Seal of the State of Arizona and affixes it to all official documents.
  • Files "official administrative rules of state agencies and maintains the rules of state agencies adopted under the Arizona Administrative Procedure Act."
    • Publishes the Arizona Administrative Code and the Arizona Administrative Register
  • Registers limited partnerships, foreign partnerships and limited liability partnerships.
  • Serves as chief election officer for the state of Arizona. Certifies candidates, ballot measures, election results, and registers lobbyists and campaign finance reports. The secretary also trains election officials and tests voting devices used by individual counties.
  • Registers trade names and trademarks, telemarketers, and charitable organizations.
  • Commissions notaries public.
  • Files oaths of office for judges and supreme court justices and loyalty oaths for gubernatorial appointees.
  • Administers the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).


The secretary of state's office is divided into seven divisions. These are:[4]

  • Business Filings
  • Notary
  • Advance Directives
  • Publications
  • Rules Filings
  • Legislative Filings
  • Elections

State budget

The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $16,812,400.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2013, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $70,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $70,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the secretary of state received compensation in the amount of $70,000.[7] The exact pay rate of the secretary of state is determined by the Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers, which submits recommendations for elective state officer salaries to the governor every even-numbered year. Unless those recommendations are changed or rejected by the governor or the legislature, they became effective on the first Monday of January of the following calendar year. The secretary's compensation will next be adjusted in January 2013.[8]

Historical officeholders

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for chronological lists of historical officeholders. That information for the Arizona Secretary of State has not yet been added because the information was unavailable on the relevant state official websites, or we are currently in the process of formatting the list for this office. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

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Contact information


Capitol Address:
1700 West Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888

Phone: (602) 542-4285
Toll Phone: (602) 255-8683
Fax: (602) 542-1575

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