Secretary with the big "S"
July 22, 2010 8:11 AM Subscribe
Calling all state government nerds.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (6 answers total)
I understand the literal duties and responsibilities of US state Secretaries of State. (i.e. Secretary of State of Ohio, Connecticut, etc.) But I'm trying to figure out what de facto/less obvious powers and influence they might have beyond (or as part of) their typical role as chief elections officer, documenting and granting authority for business, and public records holder.
When powerful people or groups endorse/donate to a Secretary of State candidate, what's in it for them? What does a powerful Secretary of State look like, and what sort of areas can s/he affect at the state government level? Who needs him/her as an ally? I know the Secretary of State can write/propose electoral laws and code, but is there any other area of activism or influence, beyond the, well, secretarial portion of the job?
(Anonymous because it's job related, and I should know better.)