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Feb 16, 2017, 13:40 ET PA Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Against Licensed, Commissioned Professionals

The Pennsylvania Department of State filed disciplinary actions against 132 licensed or commissioned professionals and notaries public during the...


Feb 14, 2017, 10:38 ET Secretary of State Reminds Pennsylvanians to Verify Status of Licensed Professionals Before Using Services

In recognition of American Heart Month, Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés reminds Pennsylvanians to go online and verify the license status of any...


Feb 02, 2017, 09:46 ET Pennsylvania Secretary of State Announces Availability of Candidate Petition Packets

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés announced today that candidate petition forms are available on the Department of State website for anyone...


Jan 19, 2017, 12:05 ET Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortés Receives the Salute to Greatness Martin Luther King Jr. Civic and Public Service Award

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés is a recipient of the 2017 Civic and Public Service Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. Salute to Greatness....


Jan 18, 2017, 15:46 ET Pennsylvania Department of State Unveils Updated Business Registration Guide

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today announced the availability of the recently updated guide for those seeking to register a new business in...


Jan 12, 2017, 12:25 ET Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Against Licensed, Commissioned Professionals and Organizations

The Pennsylvania Department of State filed disciplinary actions against 136 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations during the...


Dec 15, 2016, 17:11 ET Pennsylvania Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Against Licensed, Commissioned Professionals and Organizations

The Pennsylvania Department of State filed disciplinary actions against 135 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations during the...


Dec 15, 2016, 15:11 ET Year in Review: Department of State Protected Pennsylvanians, Improved Customer Service in 2016

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés announced the following accomplishments by the agency in 2016: "This was a tremendous year for the...


Dec 12, 2016, 16:33 ET PA Department of State certifies presidential election results

The Department of State today certified the results of the November 8 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United...


Dec 08, 2016, 14:49 ET Pennsylvania Secretary of State: Make your holiday donations count by being informed about charitable organizations

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés reminds Pennsylvanians that the Department of State offers helpful information about charitable organizations in...


Nov 18, 2016, 10:10 ET PA Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Against Licensed, Commissioned Professionals and Organizations

The Pennsylvania Department of State filed disciplinary actions against 172 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations during the...


Nov 07, 2016, 11:31 ET Secretary of State: Department's Election Returns Website Offers First Look at Pennsylvania Vote Count

With Tuesday's General Election just around the corner, Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded Pennsylvanians that the Department of...


Nov 03, 2016, 10:33 ET Secretary of State Pedro Cortés: Visit votesPA.com for Important Voting Information

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded Pennsylvanians they can find comprehensive voting information at the Department of State's...


Nov 01, 2016, 11:04 ET CORRECTION: Secretary of State Reminds Pennsylvanians About Today's Deadline to Apply for an Absentee Ballot

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés reminded voters that today, November 1, is the final day to apply for an absentee ballot. "As everyone knows,...


Oct 31, 2016, 16:58 ET Secretary of State Reminds Pennsylvanians About Absentee Ballot Deadline

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded voters that requests for absentee ballots must be completed, signed, and received by their County...


Oct 27, 2016, 09:37 ET Secretary of State encourages Pennsylvania voters to know their rights at the polling place

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today encouraged Pennsylvania voters to educate themselves about rights they have when they go to the polls on...


Oct 20, 2016, 15:56 ET Secretary of State, Attorney General Remind Pennsylvanians of Protections and Penalties for Voter Intimidation

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés and Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer today reminded voters that Pennsylvania and federal laws...


Oct 17, 2016, 11:25 ET Pennsylvania Department of State and county officials review preparations and polling place protocols with election principals

In advance of the November 8 general election, Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés hosted an election preparedness meeting with county election...


Oct 12, 2016, 11:26 ET Pennsylvania Secretary of State Encourages Schools to Support National Student/Parent Mock Election Program

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in encouraging schools to...


Oct 04, 2016, 09:12 ET Secretary of State reminds Pennsylvanians that voter registration deadline is one week away

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded Pennsylvanians they have one week left to register to vote in the November election. He...


Sep 22, 2016, 11:13 ET Pennsylvania Secretary of State reminds Pennsylvanians to check voter registration status

 Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded Pennsylvanians to check their voter registration status before the October 11...


Sep 20, 2016, 09:53 ET Pennsylvania Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Against Licensed, Commissioned Professionals and Organizations

 The Pennsylvania Department of State filed disciplinary actions against 164 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations during...


Sep 12, 2016, 09:16 ET Secretary of State reminds Pennsylvanians of October 11 voter registration deadline

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded Pennsylvanians there is one month until the voter registration deadline for the November...


Sep 09, 2016, 09:42 ET Pennsylvania Department of State Encourages Unregistered But Eligible Voters to Participate in the Electoral Process

 Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today announced that his office will begin contacting by mail Pennsylvanians who are eligible to vote...


Sep 07, 2016, 11:04 ET Governor Wolf Announces New Text Message Service to Help Pennsylvania Voters Register

 Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Department of State today launched 2Vote, a new voter registration text messaging service....