Suburban Cook County candidates running in the April 7 Consolidated Election can now tell voters, in their own words, about their positions and background by submitting a candidate statement on Cook County Clerk David Orr’s website.
“I encourage all candidates to submit their statements online,” Orr said. “It can be difficult, and costly, for candidates to get their message to voters above all the campaign noise. This is a great way for candidates to directly tell interested voters who they are and where they stand.”
The candidate statements, which are free and only take a few minutes to submit, are limited to 500 words. They are displayed when a suburban voter pulls up their sample ballot using the Voter Information Tool on the Clerk’s website – cookcountyclerk.com.
Candidates can submit their statements online using the Candidate Statement Tool on the Clerk’s website. It takes only a few minutes for the candidate to enter their basic contact information and enter their statement into the form. The statements are not edited by the Clerk’s office, so candidates are urged to proofread for errors. No PDFs, photos, or videos are currently accepted.
While the candidate statements are not new, this election is the first time that candidates can submit the statements online. The Clerk’s office partnered with the League of Women Voters to simplify the submission process and spread the word about the online form. The statements of nearly 100 candidates are already posted at cookcountyclerk.com.