What Does The Secretary Of State Do?
The Secretary of State is the state’s chief voting officer, chief corporations and nonprofits officer, and directs the State Library and State Archives. In Washington State, the Secretary of State is also second (behind the Lt. Governor) in the line of succession to the Governor.
Chief Elections Officer
The Secretary of State is our state’s chief voting officer. In addition to overseeing and certifying the results of elections, the Secretary of State plays a significant role in promoting civic engagement. The Secretary of State is responsible for selecting and implementing the voting systems used by all 39 Washington counties.
Encouraging greater participation in our democracy is one of the most important aspects of the office. The Secretary of State’s office should be doing everything in their power to ensure that all eligible Washingtonians are able to register and exercise their right to vote.
Tina, unlike her Republican opponent, supports common sense policies to increase voter engagement including Same Day Voter Registration, Postage-Free Ballots, and the Washington Voting Rights Act. Tina also supports a comprehensive, data driven approach to audit the current 39 different election systems in Washington to ensure everyone has equal access to the ballot box.
Chief Corporations and Nonprofits Officer
As the state’s chief corporations officer, the Secretary of State’s office is one of the first points of contact for corporations and charities that want to register with the state. The office plays an important role in making it easier to do business in our state. The Secretary of State has a significant role in helping find ways for small businesses and women-owned and minority business to thrive in Washington State.
In addition, the Secretary of State provides information on corporations and charities to the public and gives advice on how to donate wisely in order to avoid being the target of a scam.
Tina will bring over 30 years of business, nonprofit and technology background to ensure the Secretaryof State’s office makes it easier to do business in Washington.
Directing the State Library and State Archives
The Secretary of State is charged with the preservation of the irreplaceable records and stories that comprise our state’s history – everything from government records to photos and maps to genealogy and newspapers. However, our state is running out of space to store paper records. This problem will require the Secretary of State’s office to find innovative ways to utilize technology in order to preserve these important records for generations to come.
Tina’s background in technology and management prepared her to step up and preserve these important programs.
Address Confidentiality Program
Additionally, the Secretary of State administers the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) that assists crime victims (specifically victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and stalking) who have relocated to avoid further abuse.
This program must receive the upmost security and required a Secretary of State with a demonstrated commitment to safety and violence prevention.