Secretary of State State Executive Office

Elections: 1857-present. Elections for Secretary of State were held for two-year terms in odd-numbered years beginning in 1857. A constitutional amendment was passed in 1883 requiring state elections to be held in even-numbered years beginning in 1886 with the winner for Secretary of State in 1883 serving a three-year term. From 1886 through 1960, the term for Secretary of State remained two years - increasing to four years in 1962. Primaries for Secretary of State were first held in September 1912. There have never been term limits for this office.

Most recent elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/2018 Secretary of State General Steve Simon (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 1,328,502 votes (52.25%) and a winning margin of +8.63
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Steve Simon Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,328,502 52.25
John Howe (iii) Man Republican 1,109,093 43.62
William Denney Man Independence 103,610 4.08
Scattering Write-In 1,304 0.05
Raul Estrada Man Write-In 13 0.00

Secretary of State Simon was reelected to a second term. This was the first election for Secretary of State since 1994 in which the winner received a majority of the vote - ending a string of five consecutive plurality winners.

Howe was a property owner from Red Wing, former state Senator (HD 28, 2011-2013), and 2nd CD candidate in 2016.

Denney was a compliance officer at a plastics manufacturing company from Minneapolis.

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11/04/2014 Secretary of State General Steve Simon (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 901,450 votes (47.04%) and a winning margin of +1.17
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Steve Simon Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 901,450 47.04
Dan Severson Man Republican 879,022 45.87
Bob Helland Man Independence 94,065 4.91
Bob Odden Man Libertarian 40,729 2.13
Scattering Write-In 1,134 0.06

Simon was an attorney from St. Louis Park and state Representative (HD 44A, 2005-2013; HD 46B, 2013-2015).

Severson was a retired U.S. Navy pilot, former state Representative (HD 14A, 2003-2011), and GOP Secretary of State nominee in 2010.

Helland was a Department of Public Safety employee from St. Paul, DFL candidate for the 6th CD in 2016, and Republican candidate for HD 46B in 2018.

Odden was a civil engineer from Columbia Heights, Libertarian nominee for SD 62 in 1996, state Auditor in 1998, and the 3rd CD in 2000.

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08/12/2014 Secretary of State Primary Steve Simon (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 65,634 votes (42.67%) and a winning margin of +13.61
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Steve Simon Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 65,634 42.67
Dick Franson Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 44,700 29.06
Gregg A. Iverson Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 43,478 28.27

Simon was an attorney from St. Louis Park and state Representative (HD 44A, 2005-2013; HD 46B, 2013-2015).

Franson was a former Minneapolis City Councilman and candidate for Secretary of State in 1998, 2006, and 2010.

Iverson was a resident of Minneapolis and candidate for Secretary of State in 1998.

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08/12/2014 Secretary of State Primary Dan Severson (Republican) won with 152,754 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Dan Severson Man Republican 152,754 100.00

Severson was a retired U.S. Navy pilot from Sauk Rapids, former state Representative (HD 14A, 2003-2011), and GOP Secretary of State nominee in 2010.

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08/12/2014 Secretary of State Primary Bob Helland (Independence) won with 3,059 votes (51.52%) and a winning margin of +3.03
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Bob Helland Man Independence 3,059 51.52
David Singleton Man Independence 2,879 48.48

Helland was a Department of Public Safety employee from St. Paul, DFL candidate for the 6th CD in 2016, and Republican candidate for HD 46B in 2018.

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