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Written by Tom Waseleski on .

During his seven years as secretary of the commonwealth, Pedro A. Cortés achieved a long list of accomplishments on behalf of the state's 75,000 notaries public and the more than 12 million Pennsylvanians these notaries protect from document fraud.

With the announcement of his resignation, the National Notary Association offers Mr. Cortés its gratitude for his bold vision and leadership.

In 2006, the Pennsylvania Electronic Notarization Initiative became the first operational statewide program in the United States. With his guidance, Mr. Cortés put Pennsylvania at the technological forefront of enhanced document security, benefiting not only notaries, but the public.

Inspired by this vision, the National Association of Secretaries of State authored national standards for secure electronic notarization in July 2006. These standards have influenced laws in Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

Secretary Cortés' stance on ongoing education for notaries in their important role of confirming the identities of document signers and witnessing the documents they sign continues to have great relevance in the commonwealth and across the nation.

For these reasons and so many others, the National Notary Association honored Secretary Cortés in 2007 with its March Fong Eu Achievement Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has done the most to improve the standards, image, quality and effectiveness of the notary public office.

The National Notary Association recognizes Mr. Cortés' exceptional accomplishments as Pennsylvania's secretary of the commonwealth, and as a leader championing the vital need for modern notary systems and procedures everywhere.

WILLIAM A. ANDERSON
Vice President
National Notary Association
Los Angeles, Calif.



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