Fair Elections for a Free Missouri
According to the Missouri Constitution, the duties of the Secretary of State are as follows:
"Section 14. The secretary of state shall be custodian of the seal of the state,
and authenticate therewith all official acts of the governor except the
approval of laws. The seal shall be called the "Great Seal of the State of
Missouri," and its present emblems and devices shall not be subject to change.
He shall keep a register of the official acts of the governor, attest them when
necessary, and when required shall lay copies thereof, and of all papers
relative thereto, before either house of the general assembly. He shall be
custodian of such records, and documents and perform such duties in relation
thereto, and in relation to elections and corporations, as provided by law, but
no duty shall be imposed on him by law which is not related to his duties as
prescribed in this constitution."
So, basically, the SOS is the State's record keeper - the keeper of the State Seal and official records, and the official registrar of the acts of the governor. Additional duties pertain to the registration of corporations and to overseeing elections. It's this last part that explains why my opponents have raised (last time I checked) $1MM for Jason Kander and $350K for Shane Schoeller (other than to advance their careers as professional politicians, of course, wherein if they succeed they would likely use the office as a stepping stone to run for governor or federal office). Trust me, it's not because of a pressing desire to be the state's record keeper.
Its the control of elections they want, including the initiative and referendum process. The current SOS has taken the process of meddling with referendum language to an art form to thwart the will of the people, while happily turning her back on the election fraud that constitutes business as usual in certain jurisdictions. (more)