November 12, 2020

Contact Chief Election Officials

Now you can text CEO to 50409 to contact your state's chief election official.

by Jason Putorti

Photo by Markus Spiske

Resistbot allows you to easily contact your representatives in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, as well as your state Governor and legislators. Today I'm happy to roll out one more class of officials you can easily lobby or target with petition campaigns: your state's chief election official. In 26 states these officials are elected directly by voters, either the Secretary of State or the Lieutenant governor, and are therefore on your ballot and accountable to you. The rest are typically appointed by the Governor or state legislature in some way.

From NCSL:

24 states have an elected secretary of state as the chief election official—Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.
Two states—Alaska and Utah—have an elected lieutenant governor as the chief election official.
Three states—Maine, New Hampshire and Tennessee—have a chief election official selected by the legislature.
Five states—Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas—have a chief election official appointed by the governor. In all but Delaware, the chief election official is called the secretary of state; in Delaware the position is Commissioner of Elections.
Nine states—Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin—have a board or a commission that oversees elections. Appointments to these commissions are usually made by the governor, and confirmed by the Senate. They are most often structured so as to be bipartisan, with a certain number of members from each of the major political parties.
Seven states—Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Rhode Island and West Virginia—use a combination of a chief election official and a board or commission.

Here's who you can start messaging today with Resistbot:

  • Kevin Meyer, Alaska
  • John Merrill, Alabama
  • John Thurston, Arkansas
  • Katie Hobbs, Arizona
  • Alex Padilla, California
  • Jena Griswold, Colorado
  • Denise Merrill, Connecticut
  • Alice Miller, District of Columbia
  • Anthony Albence, Delaware
  • Laurel Lee, Florida
  • Brad Raffensperger, Georgia
  • Scott Nago, Hawaii
  • Paul Pate, Iowa
  • Lawerence Denney, Idaho
  • Steve Sandvoss, Illinois
  • Connie Lawson, Indiana
  • Scott Schwab, Kansas
  • Michael Adams, Kentucky
  • R. Kyle Ardoin, Louisiana
  • William Galvin, Massachusetts
  • Linda Lamone, Maryland
  • Matt Dunlap, Maine
  • Jocelyn Benson, Michigan
  • Steve Simon, Minnesota
  • Jay Ashcroft, Missouri
  • Michael Watson, Mississippi
  • Corey Stapleton, Montana
  • Karen Brinson Bell, North Carolina
  • Alvin Jaeger, North Dakota
  • Robert Evnen, Nebraska
  • Bill Gardner, New Hampshire
  • Tahesha Way, New Jersey
  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico
  • Barbara Cegavske, Nevada
  • Robert Brehm, New York
  • Frank LaRose, Ohio
  • Paul Ziriax, Oklahoma
  • Bev Clarno, Oregon
  • Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania
  • Francisco Rosado Colomer, Puerto Rico
  • Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island
  • Marci Andino, South Carolina
  • Steve Barnett, South Dakota
  • Tre Hargett, Tennessee
  • Ruth Hughs, Texas
  • Spencer Cox, Utah
  • Christopher Piper, Virginia
  • Jim Condos, Vermont
  • Kim Wyman, Washington
  • Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin
  • Mac Warner, West Virginia
  • Edward Buchanan, Wyoming

If you have something to say to the person who run's elections in your state, my ceoContact your state's chief election official (Secretary of State, Lieutenant Gov. or Election Director) keyword is ready to go. Thanks for using Resistbot!

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