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Cook County Clerk David Orr appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 27, 2018.

After nearly 40 years in public office, Cook County Clerk David Orr is leaving the political stage. He joins us to discuss the past, present and future of elections.

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Voter interest was strong this Election Day. Both the Chicago Board of Elections and its suburban Cook County counterpart say turnout has been higher than in previous midterm elections. 

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The outgoing Cook County clerk has some ideas to boost democracy and to avoid a repeat of the March primary debacle that surrounded the Cook County assessor’s race. David Orr joins us in discussion.

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“It used to be there was one day when you’d vote, and nowadays we’ve been voting for a long time,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr on Monday, March 19, 2018.

The Chicago Board of Elections says nearly 86,000 city residents cast ballots between Feb. 21 and March 18, surpassing the number of early voters in the 2010 and 2014 midterm primary elections combined. 

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Voters have chosen to cut costs by consolidating the Cook County Clerk’s Office with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds in a binding referendum.

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Early voting in Chicago and suburban Cook County entered its final day on Monday with more than 285,000 votes already cast in the city and nearly 400,000 additional ballots cast or mailed in from 30 surrounding townships.

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Cook County Clerk David Orr appears on "Chicago Tonight" in July 2014 to talk about an online TIF mapping tool.

Last week's primary election saw several firsts, including same-day voter registration and record-breaking early voting. Cook County Clerk David Orr discusses what it means for the future.

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Cook County Clerk David Orr has unveiled an online TIF mapping tool. He stops by Chicago Tonight to explain how the interactive tool works and more.

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Charlie Gurion and David Wilk are the first gay couple to get a marriage license on Feb. 21, 2014.

Gay couples can now tie the knot in Chicago’s Cook County. Read an interview with Cook County Clerk David Orr and watch a web extra video interview with Charlie Gurion and David Wilk, the first gay couple to get a marriage license today.

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Cook County Clerk David Orr

Today is the first day of early voting for the March 20th primaries in Cook County. County Clerk David Orr is here to talk about that, and much more.

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