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Secretary of State

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In the federal government of the United States of America, the main role of the Secretary of State is to supervise and conduct foreign policy. He or she is head of the United States Department of State.

In the individual states of the United States, the Secretary of State is normally an administrative officer responsible for certifying elections and maintaining corporate registrations. In some states, the Secretary of State handles driver's licenses and license plates and certifies state documents and notaries public. Ordinarily this not a particularly powerful position; however, because the Secretary of State is generally responsible for certifying elections, this position can occasionally become important. For example, the Secretary of State of Florida, Katherine Harris, played an important role in deciding the outcome of the 2000 Presidential election.

In many states the state secretary of state is often third in line to assume the office of governor upon death or resignation of the incumbent, after the lieutenant governor.

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This page was last modified 16:46, 16 October 2010 by dKosopedia user Jbet777. Based on work by anjila wilson and Andrew Sylvia and dKosopedia user(s) BartFraden, Lestatdelc and Clang. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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