The Florida Secretary of State, Kurt Browning, is challenging the federal government’s long-standing authority to review and approve new voting laws in five counties in order to safeguard minority voters from discrimination. As one of the nation’s most important battleground states, this looming request could be pivotal for 2012 political campaigns.
The Secretary of State is head of the Department of State and is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The Secretary serves as the State’s Chief of Elections, Chief Cultural Officer, the State Protocol Officer, and the head of the Department of State.
The Department consists of Office of the Secretary and the Divisions of Administrative Services, Corporations, Cultural Affairs, Elections, Historical Resources, and Library, Archives and Information Services.