The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) recently honored Cook County Clerk David Orr for his commitment to protecting voter rights.
Orr, who serves as chief election authority of Cook County and administers elections in the suburban portion of the county, received the Kit Pfau Voting Rights Award for his efforts to "develop a system to ensure accurate ballot counts in all Cook County precincts."
Orr won a legal battle last year to activate new error-detection technology that enables voters in Chicago and Cook County to have their ballots scanned for possible errors. Voters also have a second chance to correct ballot mistakes before they leave the polling place.
"My office will continue to protect the rights of voters, promote voter education and strive to make sure that every vote counts in future elections," said Orr, whose efforts were recognized at the organization’s annual Independents’ Day Dinner. "As a result of this legal ruling, voters using a punch card system have the best opportunity to cast an error free ballot."