Sanders: Public should be ‘very concerned’ about election security in 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Wednesday that the public should be concerned about election security amid renewed fears over foreign efforts to meddle in the 2018 midterms.

“Based on what happened in 2016 and based on what we’re hearing about 2018, they should be very concerned,” the former Democratic presidential candidate told Hill.TV in an interview.


Democratic and Republican senators have warned that Americans should be concerned with election security ahead of the midterms in November.

On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee heard from social media experts about efforts from Russia and other countries to meddle in the 2018 elections.
 
And Facebook briefed lawmakers this week after discovering a new disinformation campaign, saying it removed more than two dozen pages operating on the platform.
 
Sanders said Wednesday that the U.S. must be clear with Russia that election meddling won’t stand.

“We have got to do everything that we can, not only to protect the sanctity of our process, but to tell the Russians that we will not accept their meddling in our elections,” Sanders said. 

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Trump, Dems open drug price talks | FDA warns against infusing young people's blood | Facebook under scrutiny over health data | Harris says Medicare for all isn't socialism On The Money: Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive | Dems question IRS on new tax forms | Warren rolls out universal child care proposal | Illinois governor signs bill for minimum wage MORE (D-Ohio), who is running for reelection this year, said President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE must tell Russian President Vladimir Putin that election meddling will not go unpunished. 

“We need a president of the United States who will look Putin in the eye and say 'if there is one more attack on our election system from the Russians - from any Russians - we step up sanctions on your banks, on your oil industry, and do all we can to cripple your economy,” Brown said in an interview with Hill.TV. 

Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesLand conservation tax incentives should inspire charitable giving, not loopholes Montana governor visiting Iowa amid talk of possible 2020 bid Will Senate GOP try to pass a budget this year? MORE (R-Mont.) also said that voters should be concerned about potential election meddling. 

“We need to remain vigilant, we’ve heard from our intelligence community that the red lights are blinking and we should not allow any Russian interference in U.S. elections,” Daines said. 
 
–– Molly Hooper