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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.

The current secretary of state is Douglas Lafollette.

Term of office

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

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.

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.

The secretary of state may be removed from office through an impeachment trial. He may also choose to resign from office.

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 governor must be a United States citizen and qualified elector in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Constitution, Article V § 2)

Electoral history

2002

  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
2002 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [1]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Douglas La Follette 56.6%
     Republican Party Robert G. Lorge 41.3%
     Concerned Citizens Edward J. Farmi 2.1%
Total Votes 1,680,164

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Douglas La Follette 72.0%
     Democratic Party Scott Ross 28.0%
Total Votes 332,265
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Douglas La Follette 57.0%
     Republican Party Sandy Sullivan 38.0%
     Green Party Michael LaForest 4.5%
     Write-In 0.5%
Total Votes 2,075,405

2010

See also: Wisconsin Secretary of State election, 2010

Democratic Primary

  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary

Republican Primary

  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary

General Election

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Douglas La Follette 51.6%
     Republican Party David D. King 48.4%
Total Votes 2,081,104

Powers and duties

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.

The secretary of state is the second in the order of succession of the governor of Wisconsin; under the current terms of the state constitution, if the governor dies, resigns or is removed from office and the office of the 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.

Contact Information

Wisconsin

Capitol Address:
Post Office 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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