Pennsylvania's first Latino cabinet member and longest serving Secretary of the Commonwealth has resigned to take job with a voting systems technology firm.
Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortés announced Wednesday he will resign June 11 to become the executive vice president of Everyone Counts, a company specializing in military and overseas voting technology. He will be responsible for strategic business development, including the Latin American and Caribbean marketplace.
Cortes is the latest in a stream of Rendell appointees to leave the cabinet in the waning days of his administration.
A replacement has not yet been decided, said Rendell.
Rendell credited Cortes with improving operations and services in the Department of State, which handles many aspects of elections and campaigns as well as professional licensure.
"During his tenure, the state revolutionized voting, moving from paper and lever machines to electronic voting systems, and voter registration information that is now housed in a centralized system designed to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the commonwealth’s voter registration records maintained by Pennsylvania’s 67 counties,” said Rendell.
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