Alabama Secretary of State

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Jan 07, 2022 - Jun 07, 2022


The Alabama Secretary of State is Alabama's chief election official and certifies vote totals, ballots and fundraising records. He or she is also responsible for business registration and keeping the state government's official documents and public records. The Alabama Constitution directs the secretary of state to keep the great seal of the state, "authenticate therewith all official acts of the governor, resolutions, appointments to office and administrative orders." Besides officially recording the governor's acts, state law gives the secretary of state "more than 1,000 different duties... virtually all of them [involving] processing and filing documents that are public records." These records include business registrations, legislative acts, land records, campaign finance records, trademarks and others. The secretary also certifies notaries public and civil law notaries. Additionally, the secretary of state is the state's chief election officer and responsible for running and recording the results of all state elections. The current salary for the office is $85,248/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division office to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Alabama has very specific and detailed campaign finance rules, make sure to consult with the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division in order to abide by all of the candidate campaign finance guidelines and stipulations. 2) Obtain and complete the required filing papers and submit the required filing papers to the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division office. These filing papers include the Appointment of Principal Campaign Committee Form, a Statement of Economic Interests, signature petitions and other documents. To run as an independent candidates, a stipulated number of signatures must be collected, submitted and verified by the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division in order to appear on the ballot. 3) Submit the required filing papers no later than the date of the Alabama primary. (The primary is held on the first Tuesday in March, “Super Tuesday”). If you have any questions please contact the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division office by phone at (334) 242-7210. For more information see: And the Alabama candidate filing guide: *Please Note: to file as a partisan candidate, the filing deadline is much earlier and the details are different. For more information on how to file as a partisan candidate please contact your prefered party county headquarters.