After a tenure that saw a lot of changes and some controversy, a member of the Virginia Department of Elections will not return to his position with the new administration.
WASHINGTON — Virginia Commissioner of Elections Edgardo Cortes will not stay on in the Northam administration, he said in an email to colleagues Tuesday.
Cortes, whose job in the McAuliffe administration was to oversee the state’s elections systems and operations through the Department of Elections, said he is not sure yet “what my next adventure will be.”
The departure comes after a tenure that included Virginia’s transition to electronic voter registration and absentee ballot requests, but that also included the crash of the registration system at the deadline to register for the 2016 presidential race and a series of concerns raised after the 2017 House of Delegates election.
“I’m proud that over the past four years, we showed that modernizing elections, with a focus on making it easier for voters, can lead to increased participation and more secure elections,” Cortes wrote in the email.
Gov. Ralph Northam has not yet named a successor.
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