Secretary of State of New Mexico
|Secretary of State of New Mexico|
|Term length||Four years|
|First holder||Antonio J. Lucero|
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Since 1923, every Secretary of State of New Mexico has been a woman. As of October 22, 2015 the position is vacant due to the resignation of Dianna Duran after criminal charges were filed by the New Mexico Attorney General alleging the conversion of campaign funds to personal gambling debt.
Deputy Secretary of State Mary Quintana assumed all duties of the office and is currently Acting Secretary of State. Quintana will serve as Acting Secretary until Governor Susana Martinez appoints a replacement.
The Secretary of State's Office is composed of four divisions:
- The Bureau of Elections administers elections and enforces local, state, and federal election laws. The bureau's duties include training county clerks and voting machine technicians, maintaining the state's voter registration database, filing petitions of candidacy for official running for election, and administering the Native American Election Information Program, which is a special program to help improve voter registration and voter turnout among the Native American populations within the state.
- The Ethics Administration regulates campaign finance and lobbying within the state, and provides ethics training to various parties involved in government.
- The Information Systems Division maintains the Secretary of State's computer systems, and assists the Bureau of Elections in the management of the voter registration system.
- The Operations Division provides various administrative and business-related services to the people of New Mexico. This includes filing of security interests under the Uniform Commercial Code and the Food Security Act of 1985, registration of trademarks, formation of general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships (in New Mexico, corporations and Limited liability companies are registered by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission). This division is also responsible for licensing of notaries public and issuance of apostilles.
The Secretary maintains records of bills signed into law, referendum petitions, and legislative journals, and ensures that proposed amendments to the New Mexico Constitution are published in at least one newspaper in every county in the state for four consecutive weeks, in both English and Spanish. The Secretary also serves as registered agent for service of process for foreign corporations in some lawsuits.
List of New Mexico Secretaries of State
- Since the first state election was in an odd-numbered year (1911), the initial term lasted five years.
- Duran was reelected in 2014 but resigned from office less than a year into her second term.
- About the Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State
- Native American Election Information Program
- New Mexico UCC information
- New Mexico Central Filing System for Agricultural Liens
- New Mexico Partnership FAQ
- New Mexico Notary Public information
- New Mexico apostille information
- Service of Process upon the New Mexico Secretary of State
- New Mexico secretary of state resigns, enters guilty plea , Associated Press, Oct 23, 2015
- State of New Mexico (July 2012). Kathryn A. Flynn, ed. 2012 Centennial Blue Book (PDF). Diana J. Duran. Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State. p. 224.