North Dakota Secretary of State
|North Dakota Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2011-2013 FY Budget:||$16,113,144|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Article V, Section 2|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other North Dakota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission • Tax Commissioner|
The current officeholder is Al Jaeger. He was first elected to office in 1992, and was subsequently re-elected to the position in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2010.
The qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislative assembly shall choose a governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, auditor, insurance commissioner, three public service commissioners, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, tax commissioner, and treasurer. ...
Article V, Section 4 of the North Dakota Constitution establishes the qualifications to hold the office of secretary of state:
|To be eligible to hold an elective office established by this article, a person must be a qualified elector of this state, must be at least twenty-five years of age on the day of the election, and must have been a resident of this state for the five years preceding election to office. To be eligible to hold the office of governor or lieutenant governor, a person must be at least thirty years old on the day of the election. The attorney general must be licensed to practice law in this state.|
- qualified North Dakota voter
- at least 25 years old
- a resident of North Dakota for at least the five preceding years
The secretary of state in North Dakota is popularly elected every four years, in midterm elections. For North Dakota, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all secretary of state election years. The term of office is four years.
Article V, Section 8 addresses vacancies in state executive offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor will fill any office by appointment if no other method is provided by this constitution or by law. The appointed individual serves the remainder of the unexpired term.
The secretary of state has a number of duties, beyond serving at the state's chief election officer and keeper of the Great Seal of North Dakota. The officeholder, generally, is responsible for:
- maintaining a log of all official acts of the governor
- serving as the State Athletic (Boxing) Commissioner
- maintaining and distributes the North Dakota Century Code, North Dakota Administrative Code, and the North Dakota sessions laws
- publishing the North Dakota Blue Book
- maintaining a record of all original bills and resolutions from each Legislative Assembly
The secretary of state serves on the Board of University and School Lands, the Emergency Commission, the State Historical Board, the State Canvassing Board, and the board for the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.
Additional duties of the individual divisions within the office of secretary of state are expanded upon in the next section.
There are four primary divisions within the office of secretary of state:
- The Administrative/Licensing Division issues licenses to contractors, registers lobbyists, charitable organizations and professional fundraisers, and commissions notaries public.
- The Business Information/Registration Division records trademarks and trade names, and files and maintains records for limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, domestic and foreign limited liability companies, real estate investments trusts, nonprofit corporations, state banks, credit unions, and cooperatives.
- The Central Indexing Division files UCC documents, agricultural liens, and other liens. This division also maintains a computer database and system that connects the state's fifty-three county Recorders.
- The Elections Division handles all aspects of all elections within the state, including prescribing the form and content of ballots, receiving petitions, filing oaths of office, filing campaign disclosure reports, and certified the names of all elected officials.
The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $16,113,144.
As established by title 54 of the North Dakota state code, the secretary of state receives a salary of $90,360 through June 30, 2012, and $93,071 thereafter.
Since 1889, North Dakota has had 13 secretaries of state. Thomas Hall served at two different times.
Click "show" for former officeholders.
|#||Name||Took office||Left office|
|2||Christian M. Dahl||1893||1896|
|4||Edward F. Porter||1901||1906|
|6||Patrick D. Norton||1911||1912|
|9||James D. Gronna||1935||1940|
The North Dakota Secretary of State
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck, ND 58505-0500
Phone: (701) 328-2900
Toll Free Phone: (800) 352-0867
Fax: (701) 328-2992
- Al Jaeger, Secretary of State for North Dakota
- Governor of North Dakota
- Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
- Attorney General of North Dakota
- North Dakota Constitution
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Duties of the secretary of state," Accessed July 12, 2011
- State of North Dakota, "Legislative Appropriations 2011-2013 Biennium," accessed April 15, 2013
- North Dakota Century Code "Secretary of State-Title 54 Chapter 9," accessed March 26, 2012
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "History of the secretary of state's office," Accessed July 12, 2011