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The Office of the Secretary of State is an elected state office, second in line of succession after the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor. When the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are absent from the state, the Secretary of State shall perform the duties of the Governor.
At the start of each new legislative session, the Secretary of State (SOS) calls the House of Representatives to order, and presides over the body until a new Speaker of the House is elected. In addition to these constitutional duties, the Secretary of State is responsible for administering the Office of the Secretary of State. The primary role is the state's chief election officer.
The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of New Mexico, and affixes the seal to all commissions issued in the name of the state and signed by the Governor.