Honor King’s legacy by continuing the voting rights fight

We are facing a critical time for voting rights in our country. On [Jan. 16], I spoke to the Southland Ministerial Health Network at their Martin Luther King Day Spirit of Excellence Awards about the need to continue the fight for voting rights as the best way to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Not that long …

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Talking Politics about 2016 Presidential Election

Recently spoke with Paul Lisnek on CLTV’s “Politics Tonight” about youth voter registration in suburban Cook County, Politics in Chicago and in the presidential election.  Watch the segment below – Look at Politics in Chicagoland 2016 Presidential Election With David Orr CLTV interview with Cook County Clerk David Orr. Discussing topics that include voter registration in Cook …

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Encouraging Youth Participation in Presidential Election

Clerk David Orr talking to high school students in Evanston Feb 2016.

With next Tuesday’s voter registration deadline quickly approaching for the March 15 Illinois primary election, Cook County Clerk David Orr is reaching out to young people about the importance of voting and how they can register. Orr spoke to Evanston Township High School students Thursday morning, and his staff helped eligible teens register to vote …

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2016 Election Judge Appreciation Day

Cook County Clerk David Orr honored the top election judges in suburban Cook County Thursday at the ninth annual Judge Recognition Ceremony. Nearly 65 election judges throughout suburban Cook County received special recognition for their continued excellence and dedication serving voters on Election Day. One of the dedicated honorees was 52-year Election Day veteran Mary …

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Illinois is a leader in expanding voter access

Tuesday, October 13th, 2014 4:15 PM State Sen. Don Harmon & Cook County Clerk David Orr Around the country, voter suppression battles are raging. But here at home, Illinois is leading the charge for voter rights and expanding ballot access. We’re guided by a simple concept: Our democracy is always stronger when more people participate. …

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Gov Quinn Signs Election Reform Bill

Governor Pat Quinn signed into law landmark legislation that expands voting opportunities throughout Illinois. The legislation will help encourage increased participation in elections and make registration and early voting processes more streamlined. Signing this legislation into law, shows Gov. Quinns commitment to increased participation and inclusion in our democracy to ensure everyone has an equal …

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2014 Ballot lottery positions for Illinois

Democratic candidates running in the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial Election will take the top spot on the ballot in Cook County. Their card was picked in a ballot position lottery held by Cook County Clerk David Orr on Tuesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HhohUMPcBM David Orr and the Director of Elections Noah Praetz, folded two note cards – one …

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Voter Registration in Cook County

Candidate filing closed Monday for the March 18 Illinois primary election, but regardless of the names on the ballot I can offer this prediction: Turnout will be disappointing. Take the last midterm primary in 2010, which featured hot races for U.S. Senate and governor, yet only drew 26 percent of registered voters in Cook County. …

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David Orr Testifies before Presidential Commission

  Cook County Clerk David Orr on Friday spoke out in favor of weekend voting, data-driven planning of election resources, and online, Election Day, and automatic voter registration before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) in Cincinnati, Ohio.   “Registration errors and omissions slow lines,” Orr said. “A modern registration process should produce better …

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