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Revision as of 15:45, 26 December 2013

Minnesota Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $5,938,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Minnesota Constitution, Article V, Section I the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Mark Ritchie
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 2, 2007
Compensation:  $90,227
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Minnesota Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorCommissioner of EducationAgriculture CommissionerCommerce CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Utilities Commission
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.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Mark Ritchie. He was first elected to the statewide position in 2006 and subsequently won re-election four years later.[1]

Authority

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...

Qualifications

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 [2]

Elections

Minnesota state government organizational chart
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.

Electoral history

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Mark Ritchie 71.4%
     Democratic Party Dick Franson 28.6%
Total Votes 265,457
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Mark Ritchie 49.1%
     Republican Party Mary Kiffmeyer 44.2%
     Independent Bruce Kennedy 3.7%
     American Independent Party Joel Spoonheim 3.0%
Total Votes 2,137,643

2010

See also: Minnesota Secretary of State election, 2010

Democratic Primary

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Mark Ritchie 81.8%
     Democratic Party Dick Franson 18.2%
Total Votes 389,377

Republican Primary

  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary

General election

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Mark Ritchie 49.1%
     Republican Party Dan Severson 45.6%
     Independent Jual Carlson 5.2%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 2,035,365

Vacancies

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches the constitutional or statutory text that details the process of filling vacancies for a state executive office. That information for the Minnesota Secretary of State has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Duties

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.

Divisions

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for information that describes the divisions (if any exist) of a state executive office. That information for the Minnesota Secretary of State has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

State budget

The Secretary of State's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 is $5,938,000.[7]

Compensation

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.

2012

In 2012, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $90,227. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the Minnesota Secretary of State was paid an estimated $90,227 according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Recent news

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Contact Information

Minnesota

Capitol Address:
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
E-mail: secretary.state@state.mn.us

See also

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