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    Pedro Cortes, Pa. secretary of state, steps down
    Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITER


    Updated: Wednesday, October 11, 2017


    Former Pennsylvania secretary of state Pedro Cortes was the Commonwealth’s top elections official.


    Pedro Cortes, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, abruptly resigned from office Wednesday, three weeks after his agency came under criticism for a glitch that may have allowed thousands of ineligible immigrants statewide to vote.


    Cortes’ departure was announced in a 349-word “personnel update” emailed from Gov. Wolf’s office that offered no reason and focused almost entirely on his replacement, interim Secretary of State Robert Torres.


    Just 14 of the words were about Cortes, who also served as secretary of state from 2003 to 2010 under Gov. Ed Rendell.


    J.J. Abbott, a spokesman for Wolf, said he could not offer an explanation for Cortes’ departure.


    As secretary of state, Cortes served as the state’s top election official. His departure comes a week after State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, chairman of the House State Government Committee, and 15 of his colleagues sent Cortes a letter “to express our dire concerns” about the disclosure three weeks ago that legal resident noncitizens in Pennsylvania had been offered the chance to register to vote while applying for or renewing drivers’ licenses at PennDot service centers.


    Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican who has been preparing to hold a hearing on the issue before the Nov. 7 general election, said he received a phone call from the governor’s office Wednesday to inform him Cortes was stepping down. He said he and his colleagues are still waiting on an answer to their questions in last week’s letter.




    “I’m not sure why [Cortes resigned] or what’s going on, but we’re hopeful to get answers to very important questions,” Metcalfe said. “We were hoping to hold [the hearing] to get answers to questions that are important to Pennsylvania voters about how these foreign nationals have gotten onto the voter rolls.”


    Metcalfe first raised the issue during a hearing of his committee in October 2016 while Cortes was testifying.


    “Cortes knew this was an issue,” Metcalfe said. “It is interesting that his resignation occurred within a week of our letter to him about this serious issue.”


    Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt pushed the issue into the spotlight three weeks ago when he announced that his staff found 317 noncitizens who had canceled their voter registrations in the city from 2006. The data dates back to 2006 because that is when the state started using the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors, which provides reliable statistics about voters in the state.


    In Allegheny County, election officials found 96 cases of noncitizens canceling their voter registrations since 2006.


    The Department of State then said it had records of 1,160 canceled voter registrations listing ineligibility as a reason and said the issue was under review.




    Schmidt’s office found documentation from 220, either through direct contact or via an attorney, canceling the voter registrations. Of those 220, 44 voted in one election and 46 voted in more than one election. All of the 317 registrations have been canceled.


    Schmidt said his staff traced the problem for 168 of the 220 documented cases to PennDot centers, where they produced immigration documents to show they were in this country legally and eligible for a driver’s license.


    Later in the process, the applicants were asked to check a box on an electronic kiosk if they also wanted to register to vote. That is part of “Motor Voter,” a federal law passed that has been in effect since 1995 to encourage voter registration.


    The Department of State last month said it started changing the order of questions on the PennDot kiosks in August 2016 to address the problem.


    And Wolf’s office noted that the “glitch has existed for decades, through Republican and Democratic administrations,” and Wolf’s staff “is actually taking action to fix it.”


    Staff writer Angela Couloumbis contributed to this article.




    Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITER


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    Pedro Cortes, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, abruptly resigned from office Wednesday, three weeks after his agency came under criticism for a glitch that may have allowed thousands of ineligible immigrants statewide to vote.
    Sure a "GLITCH", I believe it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Sure a "GLITCH", I believe it.

    Zippy will.
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    You do know that you [dannno] are a moron right?
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    I love Che because...
    Quote Originally Posted by juleswin View Post
    ...he did that which I was too cowardly afraid to do
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    Just for the record, 99% of the time I say "In my country........" I am actually messing with you people because I know you guys have absolutely no idea what happens in my country.

    Quiz: Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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    The Income Tax Is An Excise, And Excise Taxes Are Privilege Taxes

    The Federalist Papers, No. 15:

    Except as to the rule of apportionment, the United States have an indefinite discretion to make requisitions for men and money; but they have no authority to raise either by regulations extending to the individual citizens of America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    Zippy will.
    and The Count.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
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    'Abruptly quits' speaks volumes. 'Glitch' is just legalese.
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    Cortes Glitch .

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    My eyes glitches sometimes when I am lying . This suggests to me that the deep state is not a monolith, they still have small battles within the group. Only if there was a way to exploit this and defeat em
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Sure a "GLITCH", I believe it.
    Off to find a NYT or WaPo article about no illegals voting Or maybe one about voter ID laws.
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    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




    Reprinted from http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ [Nov. 29, 2011]






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