The Office of the Secretary of State was established with the adoption of the Washington State Constitution in 1889. The secretary of state is elected every four years and is second in the line of succession to the Office of the Governor. The office is responsible for supervising state and local elections, certifying the results of state primaries and general elections, and filing and verifying initiatives and referendums. The Office of the Secretary of State also registers and licenses private corporations, limited partnerships and trademarks, as well as regulates the use of state seal. It additionally coordinates the implementation of records management law and collects and preserves historical records. The office is located in Olympia, Wash.