Five state financial officers are on the ballot in November 2023

In November 2023, voters will elect five of the 105 state financial officerships (SFOs) nationwide (4.8%). Two auditor positions (Kentucky and Mississippi) and three treasurer positions (Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi) are on the ballot. Republicans currently hold all five positions.

Different states have different names for these elected officials, but they all fall into three groups: treasurers, auditors, and controllers. Broadly, these officials are responsible for things like auditing other government offices, managing payroll, and overseeing pensions. In some states, certain SFOs are also responsible for investing state retirement and trust funds, meaning they get to decide where that public money goes.

On November 8, 2022, voters either directly or indirectly decided who would control 68 of the 105 state financial officerships (SFOs) nationwide (65%). During those elections, there was a net change in control of +4 for Republicans, -3 for Democrats, and -1 for split offices.