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Rhode Island Secretary of State

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The Secretary of State for Rhode Island is an elected official for the state of Rhode Island. The secretary of state is the keeper of the Seal of the State of Rhode Island, and the office is the repository for official state documents.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Ralph Mollis.

Elections

Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution specifies that the offices of state constitution, no person may hold the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and treasurer are to be elected every 4 years during the November general election and shall hold their offices beginning the first Tuesday of January next succeeding their election, until their successors are elected and qualified. The offices are elected in mid-term election years (2010, 2014, 2018, et cetera).

Term limits

According to Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution, no person may hold the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, or treasurer for more than 2 consecutive terms.

Qualifications

According to the Rhode Island Secretary of State, "if you are a registered voter who is 18 years of age or older, you may run for any political office in Rhode Island other than senator in Congress."[1]

  • at least 18 years old
  • a registered voter

Divisions

The office of the secretary of state is composed of five separate divisions:

  • The Elections and Civics Division prepares ballots, ensures accessibility of voting facilities, qualifies and certifies the names of all federal and state candidates for ballot placement, maintains a database of registered voters, and ensures compliance with the Help America Vote Act. Administration of elections and compliance with campaign finance laws is the responsibility of a separate state agency, the Rhode Island Board of Elections.
  • The Corporations Division is responsible for a wide range of business-related legal documents and filings, including formation of corporations and other business entities, liens and security interests under the Uniform Commercial Code, registration of notaries public, apostilles, trademarks and service marks, registration of businesses conducting games of chance, and various other documents required by state law.
  • The Public Information Division accepts many filings required to be made with secretary of state, including Lobbying Disclosures, Public Meeting Notices and Minutes, Disclosure of State Government Consultants and Appointments to Boards and Commissions, and other government information. This division also publishes the Rhode Island Government Owner's Manual, which gives a broad overview of various government offices and officials.
  • The Rhode Island State Archives is the official custodian and trustee for public records of permanent historical value.
  • The Rhode Island State Library, which was created in 1852 by a General Assembly resolution as part of the office of the secretary of state. Its purpose is to assist members of the Rhode Island General Assembly with research on the preparation of proposed legislation. The State Library also includes a law library.

Electoral history

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda A. Ralph Mollis 53.1%
     Democratic Party Guillaume de Ramel 46.9%
Total Votes 79,810
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda A. Ralph Mollis 53.6%
     Republican Party Sue A. Stenhouse 46.4%
Total Votes 373,548

2010

See also: Rhode Island Secretary of State election, 2010

Democratic Primary

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda A. Ralph Mollis 63.3%
     Democratic Party Leonidas Raptakis 36.7%
Total Votes 90,988

Republican Primary

  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary

General Election

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda A. Ralph Mollis 50.6%
     Republican Party Catherine Terry Taylor 49.4%
Total Votes 328,423

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Secretary of State
82 Smith Street
State House Room 217
Providence, RI 02903

Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 222-2357
Toll Free Phone: 711
Fax: (401) 222-1356
E-mail: aralphmollis@sec.state.ri.us

See also

External links

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