Alabama--Office of the Secretary of State

Operating at the state level, the Office of the Secretary of State of Alabama was established by Article IV of the Alabama Constitution (1819) on July 5, 1819. It is an office within the Executive Department, headed by the Secretary of State. The Secretary is primarily responsible for authenticating gubernatorial actions, maintaining records and databases of original laws. Prior to 1868 the Secretary was appointed by vote of the State Legislature but after 1868 became publicly elected. (Encyclopedia of Alabama; Avalon Project-Alabama: Constitution of 1819; Wikipedia)

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