Duties and Responsibilities of
The Secretary of State

“The mission of the Office of Secretary of State is to effectively and efficiently serve the public by performing its statutory duties to ensure the integrity of elections, facilitate business filings, protect consumers against securities fraud, preserve public records, and to promote public awareness and education in these and related areas.”

~ Nevada State Constitution: Article 5, Section 20

The Secretary of State is a statewide elected official who presides over eight primary divisions:


  • The Elections Division
  • The Commercial Recordings Division
  • The Notary Division
  • The Operations Division
  • The Securities Division
  • Nevada Business Portal Division – SilverFlume
  • Documentation Preparation/Domestic Partnership/Living Will
  • Executive Administration

The Secretary of State also chairs the State Records Committee and serves on the State Board of Prison Commissioners, the Board of Examiners, the Executive Branch Audit Committee, and the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy.

Below is a brief sample of the responsibilities within the purview of the
Secretary of State:
  • Certify statewide candidates & ballot questions
  • Report & certify primary & general election results
  • Supervise state & local elections
  • Enforce all state & federal election laws
  • Register & filing candidate contribution & expenditure reports
  • Register all types of business entities
  • Issue annual state business licenses
  • Register trade names, trademarks, professional corporations, associations & rights of publicity
  • Appoint, train, & regulate notaries public
  • Maintain official records of the acts of the Nevada Legislature & executive branch
  • Regulate the state’s securities industry  & enforce securities laws
Maintaining the Rule of Law

As one who strongly believes in strict adherence to the rule of law and with the utmost respect for both State and Federal Constitutions, Secretary Cegavske continues to bring the same degree of principled conduct, which has been a tenet of her career, to the office of Secretary of State.

Having served as a member of the Legislative Operations & Elections Committee from 2003 to 2014 as a State Senator, as well as chairing the committee in 2005 and 2007, the Secretary has been committed to upholding our election laws.

Secretary Cegavske’s qualifications and proven record of leadership and fairness, certifies her ability to oversee elections in accordance with existing statutes. She has a track record of encouraging active participation of all voters in the democratic process. While in the State Senate, she authored Senate Bill 163 which mandates civics as part of the school curriculum, in the hopes that future generations will not only be aware of the importance of their civic duties but will become engaged.

Her 13 years experience as a business owner equipped her with the proficiency to foster economic development.

As Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske is a member of the Economic Forum.

Interaction with Nevadans

Secretary Cegavske has acknowledged leadership skills and a recognized ability to understand and listen to the concerns of voters. Whether she is leading the Secretary of State staff, serving on a State Board or one of the Commissions, she ensures her actions comply with all applicable state and federal laws benefiting the citizens of Nevada.

Secretary Cegavske’s track record has shown her to be an experienced relationship builder who is able to garner majority consensus on divided issues. Above all, she has empowered the people of Nevada and continues her pledge to make Nevada an even better place to live.

As a firm believer in open government, Secretary Barbara Cegavske has always been, and will always be, available to answer your questions and address your concerns.

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