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==See also==
*[[Jason Gant]]
{{South Dakota elected executives}}
*[[Governor of South Dakota]]
*[[Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota]]
*[[Attorney General of South Dakota]]
*[[South Dakota Constitution]]
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Revision as of 11:51, 24 December 2013

South Dakota Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $4,489,775
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  South Dakota Constitution, Article 4, Section 7
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Jason Gant.jpg
Name:  Jason Gant
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $78,363
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other South Dakota Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerCommissioner of School and Public LandsNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The Secretary of State of South Dakota is an elected executive position in the South Dakota state government. The secretary is responsible for maintaining official public documents, registering state lobbyists and administrating corporations, among other duties. The secretary also serves as the Chief Elections Officer and Chairman of the State Board of Elections.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Jason Gant.


The secretary of state's office is established in Article 4, Section 7 of the South Dakota Constitution.

Article IV, Section 7:

There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the general election of the Governor and every four years thereafter the following constitutional officers: attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and commissioner of school and public lands, who shall severally hold their offices for a term of four years. Commencing with the 1992 general election, no person may be elected to more than two consecutive terms as attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, or commissioner of school and public lands.


There are no specific qualifications for this office. [1]


Article IV, Section 3 of the state constitution grants the governor the authority to fill, by appointment, any vacancy in the office of secretary of state.


The secretary of state is the custodian of the state's official documents and legislative documents. This includes gubernatorial appointments to boards, commissions, agency offices, bills, journals, and Senate confirmations. Other duties and responsibilities include:

  • maintaining a registrar of all lobbyists
  • commissioning and maintaining records of all notaries public
  • serving as the state's chief elections officer, keeping filed election results and candidate campaign reports
  • registering all trade marks, service marks, non-profit and for-profit corporations, and limited partnerships
  • serving as the state's resource for the Uniform Commercial Code

The secretary also serves on the following boards and commissions:

  • State Board of Elections (Chairman)
  • State Board of Finance (Secretary)
  • State Board of Canvassers (Member)
  • Recorded of Permits for Concealed Weapons[2]


Article IV, Section 7 specifies that the offices of attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and commissioner of school and public lands are to be elected every four years.

Term limits

Article IV, Section 7 also prevents any person from being elected to more than two consecutive terms as attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, or commissioner of school and public lands.

Full History


  • Administrative Services
  • Business Services
  • Elections

State budget

The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $4,489,775.[3]


In 2010, the Secretary of State of South Dakota was paid an estimated $78,363 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Historical officeholders

Secretaries of State

There have been 27 South Dakota Secretaries of State since 1889. Of the 27 officeholders, 23 were Republican and 4 were Democrat.[5]

Secretaries of Dakota Territory

Between 1861 and 1889 there were 10 Secretaries of Dakota Territory.[5]

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Contact Information

South Dakota

South Dakota Secretary of State
500 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 204
Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Phone: (605) 773-3537
Fax: (605) 773-6580

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