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{{SEO update}}{{Stategov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Secretary of State for [[Maine]]''' is the state's chief elections officer. The [[Secretary of State|secretary of state]] is also responsible for the [[Maine]] State Archives, as well as for chartering corporations. The Secretary of State is elected to four year terms, concurrent with the other constitutional officers of Maine, and is restricted by [[term limits]] to only two terms.
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The current officeholder is [[Matthew Dunlap]].
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==Qulaifications==
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There are no specific qualifications for this office.
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==Term of office==
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:: ''See also: [[States with gubernatorial term limits]], [[State legislatures with term limits]]''
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The Secretary of State is appointed by the governor and affirmed by a joint committee of both houses and then is reviewed by the senate.  The committee approval stands unless the senate overrides it with a two-thirds majority vote. <small>'''([[Article V--Part First, Maine Constitution#Section 8|Maine Constitution, Article V § 8]])'''</small>
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==Role in the initiative process==
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===Filing the initiative===
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The voter must submit a written application to the secretary of state which contains the names, addresses and signatures of 5 Maine registered voters.  One of these voters must volunteer be responsible for receiving all the correspondence regarding the [[initiative]]. This application must be signed in the presence of the Secretary of State or a notary public and the full text of the initiative must be submitted with application.
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Within 10 business days the secretary of state must review the application, reject, accept or provide a revised draft of the initiative legislation according to its legality and if it meets format [[Maine Initiative and Referendum Law|guidelines]].  Upon reviewing this the applicant must sign their approval of the final language.
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After receiving written consent from the applicant, the secretary of state must provide the ballot question to the applicant within 10 business days.  Then Elections Division will provide an approved petition form to be circulated by the petitioners.
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===Verification and certification===
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The secretary of state shall review all petitions filed in the Department of the Secretary of State for a people's veto referendum under the [[Maine Constitution|Constitution of Maine]].
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The secretary of state shall determine the validity of the petition and issue a written decision stating the reasons for the decision within 30 days after the final date for filing.
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===The elections division===
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The Maine secretary of state is responsible for the state's [http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/index.html election division].  As such, the secretary of state's website contains comprehensive information about the state's initiatives, along with election results, a history of all initiatives ever to appear on the ballot in Maine, and other important information.  See external links below for further information.
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==Contact Information==
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'''Capitol Address:'''<br>{{meflag}}
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Office of the Secretary<br>
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Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State<br>
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148 State House Station<br>
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Augusta, Maine 04333-0148<br>
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'''Phone:''' (207) 626-8400<br>
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'''Fax:''' (207) 287-8598<br>
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'''E-mail:''' [mailto:sos.office@maine.gov sos.office@maine.gov]
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==See also==
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*[[Matthew Dunlap|Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State for Maine]]
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*[[Governor of Maine]]
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*[[Attorney General of Maine]]
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*[[Maine Constitution]]
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==External links==
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*[http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/pets02/pets02-1.htm Citizen's Initiatives], on the SOS's official website
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*[http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/prior1st.htm Election Results], on the SOS's official website
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*[http://www.maine.gov/legis/lawlib/sos.htm List of Secretaries of State of Maine]
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*[http://maine.gov/sos/ Official Maine Secretary of State site]
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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{{Secretaries of state}}
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{{Maine}}
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[[Category:Maine]]
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[[Category:Offices of the American secretaries of state]]
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[[Category:Maine state executive offices]]

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The Secretary of State for Maine is the state's chief elections officer. The secretary of state is also responsible for the Maine State Archives, as well as for chartering corporations. The Secretary of State is elected to four year terms, concurrent with the other constitutional officers of Maine, and is restricted by term limits to only two terms.

The current officeholder is Matthew Dunlap.

Qulaifications

There are no specific qualifications for this office.

Term of office

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

The Secretary of State is appointed by the governor and affirmed by a joint committee of both houses and then is reviewed by the senate. The committee approval stands unless the senate overrides it with a two-thirds majority vote. (Maine Constitution, Article V § 8)

Role in the initiative process

Filing the initiative

The voter must submit a written application to the secretary of state which contains the names, addresses and signatures of 5 Maine registered voters. One of these voters must volunteer be responsible for receiving all the correspondence regarding the initiative. This application must be signed in the presence of the Secretary of State or a notary public and the full text of the initiative must be submitted with application.

Within 10 business days the secretary of state must review the application, reject, accept or provide a revised draft of the initiative legislation according to its legality and if it meets format guidelines. Upon reviewing this the applicant must sign their approval of the final language.

After receiving written consent from the applicant, the secretary of state must provide the ballot question to the applicant within 10 business days. Then Elections Division will provide an approved petition form to be circulated by the petitioners.

Verification and certification

The secretary of state shall review all petitions filed in the Department of the Secretary of State for a people's veto referendum under the Constitution of Maine.

The secretary of state shall determine the validity of the petition and issue a written decision stating the reasons for the decision within 30 days after the final date for filing.

The elections division

The Maine secretary of state is responsible for the state's election division. As such, the secretary of state's website contains comprehensive information about the state's initiatives, along with election results, a history of all initiatives ever to appear on the ballot in Maine, and other important information. See external links below for further information.

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Maine

Office of the Secretary
Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State
148 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0148

Phone: (207) 626-8400
Fax: (207) 287-8598
E-mail: sos.office@maine.gov

See also

External links

References