Oklahoma Secretary of State

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The Secretary of State for Oklahoma is the chief clerical officer for the state of Oklahoma and the only appointed core member of the executive branch of the Oklahoma state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Glenn Coffee.

Term of office

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

The Office of Secretary of State is a position that is filled via appointment by the governor with the consent of the state senate. The secretary serves a term of four years in length concurrent with that of the governor. (Oklahoma Constitution, Article VI § 1)


Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Oklahoma State Law in order to be considered for the Office of Secretary of State:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years
  • who shall have been ten (10) years next preceding his or her election, or appointment, a qualified elector of this state (Oklahoma Constitution, Article VI § 3)

Role in the initiative process

The secretary of state is the office where proponents of statewide initiative and referendum measures file the wording of proposed initiatives.

After circulation of the petition, the signatures are turned into the secretary of state, where they are counted and bound into signature pamphlets.

The secretary of state's office, through the counting process, determines if the number of signatures is sufficient. If it so determines, the question is placed on the ballot for a vote of the people.

The secretary of state's office also provides a checklist of items, or a brief, about the state's initiative process.

Challenges to signature counts

Proponents of Oklahoma ballot measures have legally challenged the secretary of state's count. In 1972, in , the Oklahoma Supreme Court determined that the secretary of state had erroneously disqualified a measure from the ballot by ruling as invalid signatures that should have been counted as valid signatures.

Contact Information


Capitol Address:
2300 North Lincoln Boulevard
Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: (405) 521-3911
Fax: (405) 521-3771
E-mail: Susan.savage@sos.state.ok.us

See also

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.