U.S. worried by foreign voter-influence

U.S. intelligence officials said they are concerned about “ongoing campaigns” by Russia, China, Iran and other countries to undermine confidence in the American democratic process.

In a joint statement the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Homeland Security Department, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation say they’re worried about activities that “seek to influence voter perceptions and decision-making” in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

The agencies say the “ongoing campaigns” could take many forms. Examples include attempts to influence voters through social media, sponsoring content in English language media such as the Russian outlet RT (Russia Today), or “seeding disinformation through sympathetic spokespersons regarding political candidates and disseminating foreign propaganda.”

The joint statement follows recent reports throughout Texas accusing the Texas Democratic Party of sending voting applications with the citizenship box pre-checked to non-citizens, as reported by Fox News.

It also comes amid independent campaigns led by citizens in the United Kingdom and U.S. to expose private entities influencing elections like the Knights Templar International and their U.S.-based Knights Templar Order International group, which have been constantly reported on by the U.K.-based group IRBF.