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{{Stategov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Secretary of State for [[Wisconsin]]''' is a publicly elected executive official for the state of [[Wisconsin]] and the second in the order of succession of the [[Governor of Wisconsin]], behind the [[Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin]].
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|State = Wisconsin
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|Office= Secretary of State
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|Office type =  Partisan
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|Image = Seal of Wisconsin.svg.png
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|Office website = http://www.sos.state.wi.us/
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|Budget = 513600
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|Budget year = 2013
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|Seats =
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|Term limits = None
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|Length of term = 4 years
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|Authority =Wisconsin State Code, Chapter 14.36
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|Selected =  Elected
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|Chair =
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|Current officeholder = Douglas La Follette
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|Partisan = Democratic
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|Officeholder image = Doug LaFollette.jpg
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|Assumed office =  1983
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|Compensation = 68,556
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|Next election =[[Wisconsin secretary of state election, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Last election=[[Wisconsin Secretary of State election, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
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|Other offices = [[Wisconsin Governor|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin|Lieutenant Governor]]  •  [[Wisconsin Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Wisconsin Attorney General|Attorney General]]  •  [[Wisconsin Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Wisconsin Auditor|Auditor]]  •  [[Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Education]] •  [[Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection|Agriculture Commissioner]]  •  [[Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development|Labor Commissioner]] • [[Wisconsin Chairperson of Public Service Commission|Public Service Commission]]
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}}{{tnr}}The '''Wisconsin Secretary of State''' is an elected executive official in the [[Wisconsin]] state government. The [[Secretary of State|secretary]] keeps a record of all official acts of the legislature and executive department of the state.
  
The current [[Secretary of State|secretary of state]] is [[Douglas Lafollette]].
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==Current officeholder==
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The current [[Secretary of State|secretary of state]] is [[Douglas Lafollette|Douglas La Follette]].
  
==Term of office==
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==Authority==
:: ''See also: [[States with gubernatorial term limits]], [[State legislatures with term limits]]''
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The secretary of state's office is authorized by Chapter 14.36 of the Wisconsin state code.<ref>[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/Stat0014.pdf ''Wisconsin state code'' "Chapter 14: Constitutional Offices and Interstate Bodies (page 6)," accessed August 25, 2011]</ref>
  
The secretary of state is elected on Election Day in November, and takes office on the first Monday of January. Originally, the secretary of state's term lasted for two years, since a 1967 amendment, however, the term has lasted four years. There is no limit to the number of terms a secretary of state may hold.
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'''Chapter 14.36:'''
  
In the event of a vacancy in the office of the secretary of state, the [[governor]] may appoint a replacement to fill the remainder of the term.
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The secretary of state may be removed from office through an impeachment trial. He may also choose to resign from office.
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| '''Office of secretary of state; creation.''' There is created an office of the secretary of state under the direction and supervision of the secretary of state.
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==Qualifications==
 
==Qualifications==
While the [[Wisconsin Constitution]] does not specify the qualification for the Office of Secretary of State, the secretary is second in line of succession to the governorship.  The [[Wisconsin Governor|governor]] must be a United States citizen and qualified elector in [[Wisconsin]]. <small>'''([[Article V, Wisconsin Constitution#Section 2|Wisconsin Constitution, Article V § 2]])'''</small>
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While the [[Wisconsin Constitution]] does not specify the qualification for the Office of Secretary of State, the secretary is second in line of succession to the governorship.  Under [[Article V, Wisconsin Constitution#Section 2|Article 5]] of the [[Wisconsin Constitution|state constitution]], the [[Wisconsin Governor|governor]] must be a United States citizen and qualified elector in [[Wisconsin]].
  
==Electoral history==
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==Elections==
===2002===
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According to [[Article VI, Wisconsin Constitution|Article 6]] of the [[Wisconsin Constitution|state constitution]], the secretary of state is elected every four years, in mid-term election years, to a four-year term. In Wisconsin, the secretary of state is elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018.
*'''2002 Race for Secretary of State - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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:*[[Douglas La Follette]] ran unopposed in this contest
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{{Election results boxtop
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==Vacancies==
|title=2002 Race for Secretary of State - General Election <ref>[http://165.189.88.185/docview.asp?docid=1562&locid=47 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board - 2002 General Election Results]</ref>
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Chapter 17.19(4) of the Wisconsin state code addresses vacancies in the office of secretary of state. In the event of a vacancy for any reason, the governor shall appoint a successor to serve until a special election can be held. If no such election is held, the appointee holds office for the remainder of the unexpired term.
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<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0017.pdf ''Wisconsin state code,'' "Chapter 17: Resignations, vacancies, and removals from office (page 7)," accessed August 25, 2011]</ref>
{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=[[Douglas La Follette]]|percentage=56.6%}}
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=Robert G. Lorge|percentage=41.3%}}
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{{Election results box|Concerned Citizens|candidatename=Edward J. Farmi|percentage=2.1%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=1,680,164}}
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===2006===
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==Duties==
{{Election results boxtop
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[[Article VI, Wisconsin Constitution|Article 6]] of the [[Wyoming Constitution|state constitution]] requires the secretary of state to keep a fair record of the official acts of the legislature and executive department of the state.  
|title=2006 Race for Secretary of State - [[Democratic]] Primary <ref>[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=9575&locid=47 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board - 2006 Democratic Primary Election Results]</ref>
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}}
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=[[Douglas La Follette]]|percentage=72.0%}}
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{{Election results box|D|candidatename=Scott Ross|percentage=28.0%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=332,265}}
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{{Election results boxtop
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The specific duties of the attorney general are outlined in Chapter 14.38 of the Wisconsin state code.
|title=2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election <ref>[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=10031&locid=47 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board - 2006 General Election Results]</ref>
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}}
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=[[Douglas La Follette]]|percentage=57.0%}}
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=Sandy Sullivan|percentage=38.0%}}
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{{Election results box|G|candidatename=Michael LaForest|percentage=4.5%}}
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{{Election results box|Write-In|candidatename=|percentage=0.5%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=2,075,405}}
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===2010===
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<u>Chapter 14.38 - Duties. The secretary of state shall</u>:
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin Secretary of State election, 2010]]''
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#Record executive acts.
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#Affix great seal; register commissions.
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#Have custody of books, records, etc.
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#Biennial report.
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#Keep enrolled laws, etc.
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#Compile original laws and resolutions.
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#Record fees.
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#Furnish certified copies; fees.
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#Notices of proposed constitutional amendments and enactments.<ref name=duty>[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/Stat0014.pdf ''Wisconsin state code,'' "Chapter 14: Constitutional Offices and Interstate Bodies (page 6)," accessed August 25, 2011]</ref>
  
====[[Democratic]] Primary====
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==Divisions==
*'''2010 Race for Secretary of State - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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There are two divisions within the office of the secretary:
:*[[Douglas LaFollette]] ran unopposed this contest
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*Government Records Division
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*Administrative Services Division
  
====[[Republican]] Primary====
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==State budget==
*'''2010 Race for Secretary of State - [[Republican]] Primary'''
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The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $513,600.<ref> [http://www.doa.state.wi.us/debf/docview.asp?budid=96 ''Wisconsin Department of Administration,'' "2013-15 Executive Budget - Office of the Secretary of State,"  accessed April 3, 2013] </ref>
:*[[David D. King|David King]] ran unopposed this contest
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====General Election====
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==Compensation==
{{Election results boxtop
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::''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
|title=2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election <ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/2010%20Fall%20General%20-%20Statewide%20Offices%20County-by-County.pdf Wisconsin Government Accountability Board - 2010 General Election Results]</ref>
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}}|candidatename=[[Douglas La Follette]]|percentage=51.6%}}
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=[[David D. King]]|percentage=48.4%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=2,081,104}}
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==Powers and duties==
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In 2012, the Wisconsin Secretary of State was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$68,556]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
The secretary of state is required to keep a record of all the official acts of the legislative and executive branches of Wisconsin's government. The secretary is also the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin and affixes it to the official acts of the governor. Additionally, the secretary of state publishes the state laws, files oaths of office, registers trademarks, files deeds for state lands, preserves the original copies of laws, files incorporation papers and other documents for cities and villages, and issues notary authentications.
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The secretary of state is the second in the order of succession of the governor of Wisconsin; under the current terms of the [[Wisconsin Constitution|state constitution]], if the governor dies, resigns or is removed from office and the office of the [[Lieutenant Governor|lieutenant governor]] is vacant, the secretary of state becomes governor, whereas in the vacancy of the lieutenant governorship and the absence from the state, impeachment or inability to serve due to illness, the secretary of state merely becomes acting governor. These terms came into effect with an amendment to the constitution in 1979; originally, in all of these events, the secretary of state simply became acting governor.
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==Historical officeholders==
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==Contact Information==
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==Recent news==
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==Contact information==
 
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'''Capitol Address:'''<br>
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'''Wisconsin Secretary of State'''<br>
Post Office Box 7848<br>
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30 W. Mifflin, 10th Floor<br>
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Madison, WI 53703<br>
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P.O. Box 7848<br>
 
Madison, WI 53707-7848<br>
 
Madison, WI 53707-7848<br>
  
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Douglas Lafollette|Douglas La Follette, Secretary of State for Wisconsin]]
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*[[Douglas Lafollette|Douglas La Follette, Wisconsin Secretary of State]]
 
*[[Governor of Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Governor of Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.sos.state.wi.us/ ''Office of the Wisconsin Secretary of State'']
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Revision as of 13:17, 20 June 2013

Wisconsin Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $513,600
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Wisconsin State Code, Chapter 14.36
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Doug LaFollette.jpg
Name:  Douglas La Follette
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  1983
Compensation:  $68,556
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Wisconsin Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The Wisconsin Secretary of State is an elected executive official in the Wisconsin state government. The secretary keeps a record of all official acts of the legislature and executive department of the state.

Current officeholder

The current secretary of state is Douglas La Follette.

Authority

The secretary of state's office is authorized by Chapter 14.36 of the Wisconsin state code.[1]

Chapter 14.36:

Office of secretary of state; creation. There is created an office of the secretary of state under the direction and supervision of the secretary of state.

Qualifications

While the Wisconsin Constitution does not specify the qualification for the Office of Secretary of State, the secretary is second in line of succession to the governorship. Under Article 5 of the state constitution, the governor must be a United States citizen and qualified elector in Wisconsin.

Elections

According to Article 6 of the state constitution, the secretary of state is elected every four years, in mid-term election years, to a four-year term. In Wisconsin, the secretary of state is elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018.

Vacancies

Chapter 17.19(4) of the Wisconsin state code addresses vacancies in the office of secretary of state. In the event of a vacancy for any reason, the governor shall appoint a successor to serve until a special election can be held. If no such election is held, the appointee holds office for the remainder of the unexpired term. [2]

Duties

Article 6 of the state constitution requires the secretary of state to keep a fair record of the official acts of the legislature and executive department of the state.

The specific duties of the attorney general are outlined in Chapter 14.38 of the Wisconsin state code.

Chapter 14.38 - Duties. The secretary of state shall:

  1. Record executive acts.
  2. Affix great seal; register commissions.
  3. Have custody of books, records, etc.
  4. Biennial report.
  5. Keep enrolled laws, etc.
  6. Compile original laws and resolutions.
  7. Record fees.
  8. Furnish certified copies; fees.
  9. Notices of proposed constitutional amendments and enactments.[3]

Divisions

There are two divisions within the office of the secretary:

  • Government Records Division
  • Administrative Services Division

State budget

The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $513,600.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Wisconsin Secretary of State was paid an estimated $68,556. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for chronological lists of historical officeholders. That information for the Wisconsin Secretary of State has not yet been added because the information was unavailable on the relevant state official websites, or we are currently in the process of formatting the list for this office. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Recent news

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Contact information

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Secretary of State
30 W. Mifflin, 10th Floor
Madison, WI 53703

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 7848
Madison, WI 53707-7848

Phone: (608) 266-8888 (ext 2)
Fax: (608) 266-3159
E-mail: statesec@sos.state.wi.us

See also

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