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The Secretary of State is a constitutional office in the executive branch of state government. The secretary is vested with a number of responsibilities, including adminstration of elections, providing certain business services to the public, preserving documents filed with the state, publishing the Legislative Manual, maintaining the recording of financing statements, and administering an address confidentiality program.

Elections Division

The division is responsible for administration of election law and partners with county auditors, and city and township officials in the administration of elections. The division operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for each election. It also:

•Provides information on voter registration, elections, military/overseas voting, absentee ballots, polling place locations and elections results
•Certifies voting systems
•Conducts administrative recounts
•Accepts filings by candidates for federal and state offices
•Trains local election officials
•Creates training material for election judges

Business Services Division

The division reviews, approves and files of incorporation and amendments for all business and nonprofit organizations conducting business in the state. It provides many online and walk-in services for Minnesota businesses, including business name filings and searches, filing articles and renewals, and ordering copies and certificates. The division also:

•Records assumed business names, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships
•Provides business data to the public
•Accepts applications for legal newspaper status

Former State Senator Ted Daley Considering Run for Secretary of State
March 10, 2014 10:00 AM
According to multiple sources, former Republican State Senator Ted Daley, who served in the Minnesota Senate from 2011-2013, is strongly considering a run for secretary of state. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who was elected in 2006, is not seeking re-election to a third term.

.... News of a potential Daley candidacy for secretary of state was first reported on Twitter by Republican activist Jeff Kolb on Saturday. I confirmed with additional sources over the last two days that Daley is strongly considering a run.  A call placed to Daley this morning has not been returned.

Aside from serving as the treasurer of Scott Honour’s campaign for governor, Daley has kept a low political-profile since leaving the Minnesota Senate. Daley’s campaign website for his state senate campaign is still active ...

Mr. Daley was a member of ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force. ALEC felt it necessary to shut down and disperse the task force in April, 2012 after the unseemly publicity and  criticism of the group by those unwashed unworthies in the 99% crowd.
Pressured by watchdog groups, civil rights organizations and a growing national movement for accountable lawmaking, the American Legislative Exchange Council announced Tuesday that it was disbanding the task force that has been responsible for advancing controversial Voter ID and “Stand Your Ground” laws.

ALEC, the shadowy corporate-funded proponent of so-called “model legislation” for passage by pliant state legislatures, announced that it would disband its “Public Safety and Elections” task force. The task force has been the prime vehicle for proposing and advancing what critics describe as voter-suppression and anti-democratic initiatives—not just restrictive Voter ID laws but also plans to limit the ability of citizens to petition for referendums and constitutional changes that favor workers and communities. The task force has also been the source of so-called “Castle Doctrine” and “Stand Your Ground” laws that limit the ability of police and prosecutors to pursue inquiries into shootings of unarmed individuals such as Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Boy! Wouldn't it be jolly for the Koch Boyos if Daley were Secretary of State? Hands on both elections and voter protections and the business aspect of the State of Minnesota?

Speaking of business, there was an interesting little skirmish on the official CPA Day on the Hill in the State of Minnesota recently (Certified Public Accountants, just to educate you stupids who are like me and didn't know). A couple of CPAs were hanging out in a legislator's office (I'm keeping my sources to myself for the moment) when Daley popped in. The legislator was not very nice to Mr. Daley in front of the other CPAs. He asked Daley who he worked for. Daley said he was self-employed, sole proprietorship, but the legislator had checked him out and KNEW he had not registered his business with the Minnesota Secretary of State.

When he was called on that, Daley had to admit his noncompliance with State of Minnesota law, that he was not even certifiably bonded to handle other people's money.

Not good recs when you want to run for Secretary of State and certify the businesses in your state.

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