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Pennsylvania Election Administration
Chief Election Official(s): Secretary of the Commonwealth (View Website)
Election/Appointment Process:
Appointed by Governor and confirmed by Senate
  • Prescribes voter registration forms
  • Determines ballot eligibility of parties
  • Approves new voting systems/ devices
  • Advertises statewide ballot questions
  • Prepares election calendar
  • Canvasses election returns
  • Orders a recount if a statewide question or candidate is defeated by .5% or less of the vote (The county board administers the recount)
Secondary Official(s): County Boards of Elections
Election/Appointment Process:
  • Initiate recounts in the event of abnormal voting returns
  • Handle all state recounts
Current Official(s): Pedro Cortes
Public Office Experience:
Reelection/Reappointment Date:
Contact Information: Hon. Pedro Cortes
Secretary of Commonwealth
302 North Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-6458
Fax (717) 787-1734
[email protected]

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