Missouri Government, A Brief Look
The secretary of state is responsible for many different things in Missouri, all related to providing and preserving information for the public. The secretary of state is in charge of elections, taking care of historic records, overseeing the State Library, the securities industry, and serves as the filing agency for business records.
The secretary of state is the guardian of the Great Seal of the State of Missouri and validates official documents of the governor. The office also publishes the Official Manual of the State of Missouri, also known as the "Blue Book."
Before being elected, the secretary of state must be a Missouri resident for at least one year.