Jay Jr Costa

Governor: Pennsylvania's top election official has resigned

Pennsylvania's chief election official has resigned, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's office said Wednesday, offering no explanation for the move that surprised top state officials.

Wolf's administration said Secretary of State Pedro Cortes submitted his resignation but gave no other information in a brief statement. An administration spokesman said he had no additional details about Cortes' departure.

Wolf nominated Cortes, 51, as his first secretary of state when he took office in 2015. At the time, Cortes, a lawyer, already had the distinction of having held the job longer than anyone else after serving as secretary of state for more than seven years under former Gov. Ed...

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