gisela_salas.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A top state elections official is stepping down just two weeks before the Aug. 14 primary.


Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Monday that Division of Elections Director Gisela Salas was leaving her job this week to take a position closer to her home in Ocala.

Salas, who earned $90,000 a year, was hired in May 2011 to oversee the office that does everything from approve certain types of election machines to issuing opinions on how to interpret election law.

The division also directed the push to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls. Many elections supervisors called the push flawed.

One county supervisor questioned the timing. But a spokesman for Detzner said Salas's decision to quit was her own and that she was not forced out.