Executive Functions

The Secretary of State's office handles certain executive functions within the state.
These include:

  • Executive Orders
  • Extraditions & Requisitions
  • Pardons & Commutations
  • Public Disclosures with persons doing business with the State
  • Service of Process
  • Special Police & Railroad Police
  • Great Seal


The role of the Secretary of State of Maryland in election matters is limited to:

  • Certifying candidates for nomination by a principal political party on the Presidential Primary Ballot
  • Serving on the Board of State Canvassers
  • Accepting Petitions for Referendum, which are petitions to refer to the voters an act of the General Assembly.