The Sioux County auditor and a political science professor will discuss voting rights and the Iowa Election Modernization and Integrity Act during the next Plain Conversation, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21. The 7 p.m. presentation, followed by a time for questions and answers, will take place in the large dining room of the Downtown Grille in Orange City.
Plain Conversation is a regular series sponsored by the Sioux County Democrats to educate voters about issues facing the U.S. and world. The public is invited
Jeff VanDerWerff, who teaches political science and serves as dean of social sciences at Northwestern College, will provide an overview of the history, law and politics involved in the issue of voting rights. Ryan Dokter, Sioux County auditor, will share about changes the public will experience when voting due to recent laws passed by the Iowa State Legislature. He will also discuss voting equipment and the logistics of the voting process in Sioux County.
VanDerWerff earned a doctorate in American politics and public administration from the University of Kansas. A Northwestern College graduate, he teaches classes in constitutional law and is a member of both Christians in Political Science and the American Political Science Association.
Dokter graduated from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids with a degree in computer operations. He was an IT technician for Sioux County for seven years and deputy auditor for two years before becoming the county’s auditor in January 2017.