2019 Georgia Code
Title 45 - Public Officers and Employees
Chapter 13 - Secretary of State
Article 2 - Powers and Duties Generally
§ 45-13-20. Duties of Secretary of State generally

Universal Citation: GA Code § 45-13-20 (2019)
  • 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;

    • (14.1) To promulgate a regulation that establishes security protocols for voter registration information maintained and developed by the Secretary of State pursuant to Code Section 21-2-211 and 52 U.S.C. Section 21083. The regulation shall be generally consistent with current industry security standards, and in promulgating the regulation, the Secretary of State shall consider those security standards issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Center for Internet Security, and the federal Election Assistance Commission. The Secretary of State shall, at least annually, certify that the State of Georgia has substantially complied with the requirements of the regulation promulgated pursuant to this Code section;

    • (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.


Laws 1783, Cobb's 1851 Digest, p. 665; Laws 1799, Cobb's 1851 Digest, p. 959; Laws 1838, Cobb's 1851 Digest, p. 1030; Ga. L. 1861, p. 72, § 1; Code 1863, §§ 84, 85, 109; Ga. L. 1865-66, p. 249, § 1; Code 1868, §§ 78, 80, 82; Code 1873, §§ 83, 85, 87; Ga. L. 1878-79, p. 434; Code 1882, §§ 83, 85, 87; Civil Code 1895, §§ 179, 181, 183, 185; Civil Code 1910, §§ 208, 210, 212, 214; Ga. L. 1914, p. 1247; Code 1933, §§ 40-601, 40-604; Code 1933, § 40-601.1, enacted by Ga. L. 1945, p. 402, § 2; Ga. L. 1946, p. 75, §§ 2, 3; Ga. L. 1964, Ex. Sess., p. 26, § 1; Ga. L. 1986, p. 1608, § 1; Ga. L. 2013, p. 141, § 45/HB 79; Ga. L. 2019, p. 311, § 2/HB 392.

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