Revolving door in PA swings toward Internet Voting

Secretary to leave office early to join internet voting company.

Press Release:  Governor Rendell Announces Resignation of Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes <read>

Cortes to Become Executive Vice President of
Global Elections-Solution Provider Everyone Counts

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes will resign June 11 to become the executive vice president of Everyone Counts, a company specializing in military and overseas voting technology

“Secretary Cortes leveraged technology to improve operations and services in every facet at the Department of State. In the area of elections, Cortes and his team successfully administered 15 Primary and General elections. He led the implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act, which has made the electoral process more secure, efficient and accessible to voters. 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.”

Some revolutions are good, some questionable.  Pennsylvania’s election revolution resulted in many expensive paperless, unauditable, hackable voting machines – not much different than providing overseas and military voters with expensive, paperless, unauditable, insecure internet voting.

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