2010 Georgia Code
§ 45-13-20 - Duties of Secretary of State generally

O.C.G.A. 45-13-20 (2010)
45-13-20. Duties of Secretary of State generally

The Secretary of State shall have the following duties:

(1) To keep the great seal of the state, which seal was adopted August 17, 1914, and is now on deposit in the office of the Secretary of State;

(2) To keep the original Acts passed by the General Assembly and all the public records of the state not appertaining especially to other offices; to look to and preserve the records and papers belonging to the Senate and the House of Representatives; and to see that the original journals of both houses are deposited and kept in his office;

(3) To attest all grants and other public documents issuing from the Governor and requiring the great seal of the state;

(4) To keep a record of all grants issued by the state;

(5) To keep safely all bonds of agents appointed to disburse public money;

(6) To furnish to all applicants, upon the payment of the prescribed fees, copies of all records and public documents within his office and to attach the great seal of the state to such transcripts as the Governor or General Assembly may direct;

(7) To destroy, quadrennially, all election returns of those officials whose terms of office have expired, which returns are on file in his office;

(8) To keep a book showing the dates when commissions were issued for all civil and military officers;

(9) To keep safely all the records of plats of land granted and to report the condition of such records to the Governor at least once a year;

(10) To keep in his office correct maps of all the different surveys (made by state authority), and maps of surveys comprising the land lotteries, showing their division into numbers, districts, sections, and the like, with a separate map for every district;

(11) To keep a register of the various grantees and the dates of the grants;

(12) To keep correct maps of all surveys of rivers, harbors, swamps, or land, which surveys were made by the special direction of the General Assembly;

(13) When necessary, to contract for the execution of new maps or the reexecution or repair of old maps, subject to the ratification of the General Assembly;

(14) To certify under his official seal, as the Comptroller General is directed to do;

(15) To print and distribute current maps describing the boundaries of congressional districts and the legislative districts of members of the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives; and

(16) To perform all other duties which are required of him by law or which necessarily attach to his office.

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