U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner hosted a town hall meeting Friday, March 2 at the Waterloo Municipal Building where he addressed the issue of having secure elections.
“I don’t want another country controlling our election,” Carita Rademacher Twinem, who attended the town hall meeting, said. The concern was with Russians trying to control the U.S. elections.
There are charges that allege the Russians created false U.S. media reports and constructed fake social media messages to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
“Many people get their news on Facebook and often do not know where it is coming from,” Twinem said.
“What are you doing to do so this does not happen in the spring election? The Russians attacked our election, and we have to address it,” Twinem said.
Meddling is designed to change the vote and no one meddled, Sensenbrenner said.
He explained that the Green Party wanted a recall for that same concern. “We had a statewide recount and there was no evidence of that (meddling) happening,” he said. He explained that even electronic machines have paper trails and that according to the constitution, each state has jurisdiction on how its election is handled.
Sensenbrenner acknowledged that cyber security is important for the integrity of elections and other sensitive material. “No one really has the answer,” he said.
A community member also stated that the role of elected officials is to support the common people. “That is why we are here.”
“We do care,” Sensenbrenner said. He explained that he pushed for a bill for the rapid DNA testing for rape victims. “With the technology, this can happen,” he said. “There are things I accomplished that people do not know about.”
Sensenbrenner also discussed some of the concerns with the free and reduced lunch program.
“There is the problem of people who can afford lunch and using the free and reduced lunch program,” he said. He specifically addressed people who may be on this program at a private school. “If parents are paying for tuition, they can afford to pay for lunch,” Sensenbrenner said. “That is wasting taxpayers money.”
He emphasized the purpose of the town meetings. “It should be a discussion of issues,” Sensenbrenner said. “It should not be a shouting match.”
“This was very good. It was a good discussion. I am glad I came,” Twinem said.
Sensenbrenner will hold another town hall meeting in Reeseville Village Hall, 206, S. Main St. Monday, March 12 at 9:45 a.m.