Given all the disturbing news from the world of politics, it is easy to wash our hands and say, “I want nothing to do with it.”

But whether or not you choose to actively participate, politics affects you — directly. Political decisions affect the water you drink, the schools your children attend, the price of your food, the accessibility of your health care and so much more.

We live in a country where any citizen cannot only vote in general elections, but also participate in each party’s process of selecting candidates. Because you have that right and opportunity, we invite you to participate in the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucus. This event helps determine our nation’s future leaders and political priorities.

Here are the steps you can take to participate in the caucus:

g Put “Caucus” on your calendar for Feb. 3.

g To determine if you are registered to vote based on your current address, go to the website of the Iowa secretary of state, elections, voters. (Note that multi-word last names may omit the space.) This website will also tell you your voting precinct name.

g If you need to register, you can register via this website if you have an Iowa driver’s license, or you can register at your county auditor’s office using the last four digits of your Social Security number.

g When the caucuses get closer, you can go to your state party’s website to find your caucus location.

g To volunteer at your precinct’s Democratic caucus in Sioux County, please contact We would welcome your help as we expect a large turnout! The Democrats will have eight caucus sites in Sioux County so that no one has to travel far.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to shape our country and, given the influence of the United States, our world.

Travis Andersen,

Chair of the Sioux County Democrats,

Kim Van Es,

Vice chair of the Sioux County Democrats,

Sioux Center