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.
The current officeholder is Ralph Mollis.
Term of office
The Secretary of State, along with other executive offices, is an elected office subject to term limits. According to Article IV, Section 1 of the Rhode Island Constitution, the office can be held for no more than two consecutive terms of four years.
Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Rhode Island State Law in order to be considered for the Office of Secretary of State:
- Must be eighteen (18) years of age
- Must be a registered voter 
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.
- See also: Rhode Island Secretary of State election, 2010
- 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
Secretary of State
82 Smith Street
State House Room 217
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2357
Toll Free Phone: 711
Fax: (401) 222-1356