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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To restore democracy, overturn Citizens United ruling

To restore democracy, overturn Citizens United ruling   “Money changes everything,” the saying goes, and its disastrous effect is being felt throughout American politics. Our democracy is under siege since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gave free rein to SuperPACs and dark money, elongating an already-lengthy election cycle and further discouraging voter participation in …

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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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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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Strengthening the Right to Vote

Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee convened to address the state of the right to vote after the 2012 election. Here are my thoughts for the committee. Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will convene to address the state of the right to vote after the 2012 election. Prompted by the long waits President Obama criticized in …

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Orr saves taxpayers another million dollars

Clerk Orr to save $1 million with precinct reductions 2012 election budget request 11% less than 2008 For Immediate Release: Nov. 1, 2011 Suburban Cook County will have 14 percent fewer precincts in 2012 – for an estimated $1 million savings – due to Clerk David Orr’s continued effort to streamline elections. Orr’s measure, approved unanimously Tuesday …

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Ballot Access

County clerk: increase ballot access May 05, 2010 Like Eric Zorn (“Dump the petitions, lower the bar“) I’m in favor of increased ballot access. Should there be some threshold all candidates must meet before their name appears on the ballot? Absolutely. But the current system vastly favors incumbents, party insiders and wealthy candidates. They know …

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