How did Cook County Clerk David Orr spend his summer? Learning and teaching about election advancements with some of the best and brightest in the field.
“Elections are an ever-changing field and it is imperative to stay on top of trends and best practices,” Orr said.
In July, Orr attended a Voter Registration summit hosted by Pew Charitable Trusts in Seattle. As Illinois works toward offering online voter registration, the conference offered important lessons from experts who have already implemented a system in their states.
The following month, the Clerk participated in another Pew meeting, this time in New York City and called “Improving the Voter Experience.” The group shared best practices from around the country and brainstormed strategies for improving elections.
Orr just returned from the Association of European Election Officials conference in Warsaw, Poland, where he was invited to be a keynote speaker on the role of social media in elections.
None of the above conferences were paid for with taxpayer dollars.
Finally, this Friday Orr will be one of a handful of elections officials who have been invited to present testimony before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is PCEA's fifth public meeting. The Clerk is scheduled to present his testimony at approximately 10:15 a.m. and will be live tweeting from the hearing @cookcountyclerk. The meeting will also be streamed live at supportthevoter.gov.