Clerk Blasts Negative Campaign Ads

CHICAGO (WBBM) – Cook County Clerk David Orr is predicting voter turnout around 50 percent of those eligible and blames negative campaign ads for limiting voter participation.

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Orr supervises elections in suburban Cook County.

Orr says negative campaign ads are a critical factor in citizen dissatisfaction with the electoral process. He says they make it difficult to get information needed to make an informed decision.

Orr says when candidates call each other “jerks” and “snakes,” it’s hard for voters to understand what’s really at issue.

Orr also says there’s also something wrong with the cost of campaigns saying: “If you’re not a millionaire you can’t run for office.”

Orr stated flatly: “Misuse of money is destroying democracy.”

Orr says the country needs serious campaign reform including free prime time media for all candidates, not the just the front runners.

Orr spoke at a news conference where he said absentee voting is up in suburban Cook County and reminded voters that if they can’t have their ballots mailed for a November 1st postmark, they should just forget about it and vote in person at their local polling place.

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  • Brian

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. After seeing the adds from our candidates for Governor, there is no way I want to waste my time voting for either one of them.

  • Joe Velez

    Mr. Orr is telling you that we are in need of a change from the current “misuse of money” and government expansion. We need smaller government with fiscal responsibilities at its forefront. With that in place jobs can start coming to Illinois because of of a smarter and stabilized economic environment for businesses.

  • Janet

    Negative campaign ads DO make voters sick! Then we feel like we have to cast a vote for the lesser of two evils. Not very democratic, is it?

    Nonetheless, discouraged as I am, I will definitely cast my vote next Tuesday after I thoroughly research all of the candidates. I hope everyone else does the same.

  • Mike

    Unfortunately, Orr is part of the democratic party which has misused funds in our state and country.

  • Marshall Lewis

    The media failed to inform the public of their choices in this election. the media appeared unfair, bias and very negative in the coverage of the 2010 election.
    The Green Party candidates worked very hard throughout this election in hope to bring you a better goverment. Remember no vote is a wasted vote when a candidate has the public intrest at heart. Although now it”s (bussiness as usually), 2014 the Green Party candidates will be there ready and willing to serve you.
    Marshall P. Lewis

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