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Marc Friedenberg for Congress

Marc is running for the US House of Representatives in the 12th Congressional District of PA
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Yesterday I attended the Penn State Symposium on Election Security, which delivered on its promise of "a discussion with the experts on fairness, security, and integrity in U.S. elections." [1] The event offered a look back at last month's elections, and recommendations for the 2020 election.

I especially enjoyed Prof. Andrew Appel's keynote, "Principles and Protocols for Transparent Counting of Secret Ballots," which included a discussion of the recent National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report, "Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy." [2] As Prof. Appel wrote in a blog post accompanying the release, the report "presents the clear consensus of the scientific community, as represented not only by the members of the committee but also the 14 external reviewers—election officials, computer scientists, experts on elections—that were part of the National Academies’ process." [3] Key recommendations include:

* Elections should be conducted with human-readable paper ballots.

* States should mandate a specific type of audit known as a "risk-limiting" audit prior to the certification of election results.

* Internet voting should not be used at the present time, and it should not be used in the future until and unless very robust guarantees of secrecy, security, and verifiability are developed and in place.

* Election administrators should routinely assess the integrity of voter registration databases and put in place systems that detect efforts to probe, tamper with, or interfere with voter registration systems.

* Jurisdictions that use electronic pollbooks should have backup plans in place to provide access to current voter registration lists in the event of any disruption.

* Election systems should continue to be considered as U.S. Department of Homeland Security-designated critical infrastructure.

In Pennsylvania, we are moving toward complying with the first recommendation: in April, the Acting Secretary of State told counties that they must select new voting systems that provide a paper record by the end of 2019. [4] In PA-12, it appears that only Centre, Snyder, and Susquehanna County are currently in compliance. [5]

As counties face a deadline to replace their voting machines, many are holding town halls or vendor demos where citizens can learn more about voting systems and particular machines under consideration. Two of interest for PA-12 voters are:

* Bradford County: Voting machine demo, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, on the main floor of the courthouse

* Centre County: Town Hall Meeting on Voting Systems, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) in Pleasant Gap [6]

If you are aware of other counties' events, please let me know in the comments.

There are a number of election reforms that we need to make in Pennsylvania. This, along with the recent establishment of a commission to find fair districting solutions [7], is a great start.

[1]: https://sites.psu.edu/electionsecurity/
[2]: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25120/securing-the-vote-protecting-american-democracy
[3]: https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2018/09/11/securing-the-vote-national-academies-report/
[4]: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-Details.aspx?newsid=276
[5]: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Voting-System-Demos.aspx
[6]: http://www.lockhaven.com/news/local-news/2018/11/centre-will-replace-county-voting-machines/
[7]: https://www.governor.pa.gov/governor-wolf-creates-commission-find-fair-redistricting-solutions/

Meet Marc

Marc Friedenberg is not a career politician. He’s an instructor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), a devoted husband to his wife Becky, and a caring father to his two young daughters, Claire and Molly. He’s also a lawyer, and before he returned to the classroom as an educator, he sued the big Wall Street banks that caused the financial crisis, using his expertise with technology to prove that they had committed fraud.

Marc made his name locally as a healthcare activist. He took a stand when Tom Marino and the rest of our corrupt Congress tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would have thrown tens of thousands of our friends and neighbors off their health insurance in exchange for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy and fatter profits for health insurance companies. Marc created a group called PA-5 Truth and Action, leading the charge locally as part of the successful national effort to defeat the ACA repeal. Now he’s ready to take the fight for justice to Washington for all of us.

“Healthcare is a human right. You deserve a Congressman who will fight for your family’s health, not corporate profits or a personal payday.”

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Focused on Pennsylvania—not Washington.


Marc supports the Fight for $15. He supports union workers fight against so-called “right-to-work” laws, and will invest federal funds in infrastructure projects like rural broadband and solar energy in PA-12.


Marc will make investing federal money into public education a top priority, especially in our rural areas, and secure federal funding for our district’s higher education system, including our vocational and community college.


Marc supports a Medicare-for-all, single-payer national health insurance system. He will invest federal resources to fight the opioid crisis in our district and strengthen our rural community health centers.


Marc believes that clean air and water are a right for all human beings, not a privilege for the rich. Marc wants to invest in clean energy, like wind and solar and put people to work building and maintaining it.

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