The secretary of state is the state's chief election official and ensures the office meets its statutory responsibilities. The office has a four-year term and is currently held by Mark Ritchie, elected in 2006 and 2010.
The secretary chairs the State Canvassing Board, convenes Minnesota's electoral college, and serves on the Executive Council, Board of Investment and Minnesota Historical Society.
As keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota, the secretary certifies the authenticity of official documents such as acts of the Legislature, and proclamations and executive orders issued by the governor.
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