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About the Office iconAbout the Office

The Secretary of State is one of four state offices authorized by the Kansas Constitution. Although created by the state constitution, the duties of the office are defined by almost 1,000 state laws. Among the many duties of the Office of Kansas Secretary of State is assisting counties with conducting elections; receiving and maintaining certain records of Kansas businesses; and publishing the official publications for the State of Kansas. As a result, hundreds of thousands of documents are kept by the Secretary of State. Generally, they fall into four categories – executive, legislative, elections, and business.

The Secretary of State is elected to a four-year term which begins the second Monday in January, following the November general election. In the event the position of Secretary of State becomes vacant, the governor shall appoint an individual to serve the remainder of the term.