FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The League of Women Voters of Freeport is hosting a public program, “Voter Suppression: Concerns and Actions,” on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library. The presenter for the evening is Highland Community College History and Political Science Professor Andy Dvorak. Dr. Dvorak maintains that, “Both the push for expanding the right to vote and attempts at voter suppression go hand in hand throughout our history.”
Dr. Dvorak will give some background on the right to vote, but focus in the remainder of his talk about more recent and subtle forms of voter suppression, including recent Supreme Court decisions and state laws designed to suppress voting. He will also raise the question of Russian interference in 2016 and any ongoing efforts, including the manipulation of social media.
Dr. Dvorak has been a regular presenter in the Freeport Library’s popular Lectures in American History Series. He has been teaching for over 20 years. He is a recipient of Highland Community College’s Bert Tavenner Memorial Award, which recognizes a faculty member, staff, or administrator for outstanding assistance to the Highland student body.
All voters and interested members of the public are invited to hear Dr. Dvorak’s presentation and the following question and answer period.