Oklahoma Secretary of State
The current officeholder is Glenn Coffee.
Term of office
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:
- No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer or Superintendent of Public Instruction except:
- 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
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.
2300 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-3911
Fax: (405) 521-3771
- M. Susan Savage, Oklahoma Secretary of State
- Governor of Oklahoma
- Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
- Attorney General of Oklahoma
- Oklahoma Constitution
- Office of the Oklahoma Secretary of State
- Brief of Petition Process from Secretary of State
- Wikipedia, Oklahoma Secretary of State
Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.