Oregon Secretary of State

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Jun 02, 2020 - Aug 25, 2020


The Secretary of State of Oregon is an elected constitutional officer within the executive branch of the Oregon state government and is first in line of succession to the governor. The secretary of state serves as the auditor of public accounts, chief elections officer and administrator of public records. Article 6, Section 2 of the state Constitution requires that the secretary of state keep a fair record of the official acts of both the legislative assembly and the executive department of the state. The official duties of the office are outlined in Chapter 177 of the Oregon Statutes: Keep a record of the official acts of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and, when required, lay the same and all matters relative thereto before each branch of the legislature; Affix the seal of the state to, and countersign all commissions and other official acts issued or done by the Governor, approbation by the Governor of the laws excepted, and make a register of such commissions, specifying to whom given or granted, the office conferred, with the date and tenor of the commission, in a book to be provided for that purpose; Be charged with the safekeeping of all enrolled laws and resolutions and not permit them to be taken out of the office or inspected, except in the presence of the Secretary of State, unless by order of the Governor, or by resolution of one or both houses of the legislature, under penalty of $100; Keep the office open during business hours at all times, Sundays excepted. The salary for this position is $76,992/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. If you plan to run as a nonaffiliated “independent” candidate request approval to circulate petitions. 2) Upon receiving approval to circulate petitions, the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division will inform you of the required number of signatures and the filing deadline. Gather signatures and complete candidacy filing and campaign finance forms. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate, the filing details are different, please contact your local party office for further instructions. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the stipulated amount of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division. Before submission to the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division, the signatures must first be authenticated by the county election office from the county in which the signatures were gathered. The filing period runs from the 15th day after the primary election until the 70th day before the general election (OR 249.722). The primary election is held on the 3rd Tuesday in May. The general election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division can be reached at (503) 986-1518 and the Oregon State Candidates Manual can be found here: http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/statecandidates.pdf

Submit application to:
Oregon Secretary of State, 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR, 97310, US