SECRETARY OF STATE

Why it matters

The Colorado Secretary of State is a little-noticed but extremely influential figure. The Secretary of State is responsible for managing crucial government functions such as conducting the state’s elections (federal, state, and local), administering our campaign finance laws, and maintaining a transparent system of public records and documents. Democrat Jena Griswold will face incumbent Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams in November.

Statewide races like this one only take place in midterm election years like 2018. There’s no nice way to say this: In the past, progressives have been absolutely terrible at turning out for these races, so Democrats often get clobbered when they run.

With the exception of a brief window between 2009 and 2011, Republicans have held the Secretary of State’s office since 1963. There is absolutely no reason for Democrats to be getting whooped this hard in a state that voted for Democratic presidential candidates three elections in a row and is turning bluer by the year.

Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jena Griswold
Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Jena Griswold

How to help

Volunteer! Nothing helps candidates more than grassroots volunteers. Knocking doors, making calls, and helping staff on competitive campaigns is one of the biggest ways you can make a difference.

Donate! The only way to beat the Republican fundraising machine is with an army of small donors. Your donations help campaigns hire staff, organize volunteers, and get out the vote.

About the office

Term: 4 years
Term limits: 2 terms (8 years total)
Current Secretary of State: Wayne Williams (R)
First term end in 2018

The Secretary of State manages public records and documents, oversees the registration of Colorado businesses and other entities, manages the state’s elections, and administers campaign finance laws.