Cook County’s David Orr Won’t Seek Re-Election

Longtime Cook County, IL Clerk David Orr announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election when his current term ends in 2018. Orr was continually looking for ways to improve elections in his community and often did so – no mean feat given the city’s of Chicago’s size and complexity. It’s a well-earned retirement but still a loss for the election community nationwide.

Read More

New Downloadable HTML Ballots Could Assist Voters With Disabilities

An Oregon firm’s work to make ballots available in HTML could soon be another tool for states to make voting accessible for people with disabilities. As more and more communities move to greater reliance on vote by mail, solutions like these are going to be increasingly important to voters with disabilities and the election officials who serve them.


Voter ID Requirements Begin to Take Effect in Iowa

As Iowa’s new voter ID law begins to take effect as of July 1, the state is taking steps to alert Iowans of the changes, which will include transitional provisions like attestations at the polls and, eventually, an effort by the state to provide ID directly to voters who don’t have it. It’ll be interesting to see how well these plans come together before ID takes full effect in 2019 – and what it means for voters at the polls.


Boone County, MO’s Wendy Noren to Retire

Wendy Noren, first elected Clerk of Boone County, MO in 1982, submitted her resignation letter yesterday due to health reasons. It’s a huge loss to the field; Wendy has been one of the elections community’s most relentless innovators throughout her tenure and a prime example of what election administrators can and should be.