Overview of the Office

As an elected constitutional officer, the Secretary of State must meet the same general qualifications for offices as the Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor and Commissioner of Agriculture: he or she must be 30 years of age and have lived in Kentucky two years preceding his or her election. The Secretary of State is elected, along with other state officials, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November each four years for a four-year term and is eligible to serve two consecutive terms.

Pursuant to Section 228 of the Kentucky Constitution of 1891, Kentucky Secretaries of State take the following oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of Secretary of State according to law; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God.

Pursuant to KRS 14.025, the Secretary of State directs the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The department is organized into three offices: the Office of Administration, Office of Business and Office of Elections. Each office is headed by an executive director appointed by the Secretary of State.

For more information about the Office of the Secretary of State, please consult the frequently asked questions or contact the office:

  • phone: (502) 564-3490
  • email
  • mail:  Office of the Secretary of State
             700 Capital Ave., Ste. 152
             Frankfort, KY 40601

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