I am committed to the truth,
and to asking the questions that
enable me to determine what the truth is.
Vision and Values
Will Your Vote Count This Time? by janet jai Ms. Magazine, Winter 2008
Reprinted here with permission of Ms. magazine, copyright 2008. Click here to read the article in pdf format.
janet jai is a Judge of Elections (Allegheny County, PA) and a journalist/speaker. She has been writing and reporting about voting issues since 2002. She has reviewed grants for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in Washington, DC, and was an appointed member of the Allegheny County Citizens' Election System Advisory Panel. She has also taught "Voting in the U.S. Today" at the Chautauqua Institition in New York.
jai's writing credits include: Ms. Magazine ,The Christian Science Monitor, alternet-org, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Pittsburgh Business Times, WQED Educational TV (Pittsburgh PA), and the Rochester (NY) Democrat &
Chronicle. She is currently writing a book about voting in the U.S. today.
jai's TV/radio reporting credits include: "Your Morning" on CN8-TV (covering a nine-state region out of
Philadelphia), reporting from the polls for NPR in 2004 and 2008, The Ralph Bailey Show on KNZR Radio (CA), The Scott
Leffler Show on WLVL Radio (NY), The Bob Cudmore Show on WVTL Radio (NY), and Life Lounge on KDKA Radio
jai is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts degree at Johns Hopkins University.
Vision and Values is jai's firm, which is dedicated to communications that
make a difference. It recently celebrated its 12th anniversary.
jai is also a
poet-artist (www.poem-of-the-month.com) and an antiques
dealer. She says, "I have a patchwork quilt of a life, and I love every piece of it."
A highlight of jai's writing life was covering the Nobel Peace Laureates Centennial in Oslo, Norway in
2001 on assignment for The Christian Science Monitor. She also wrote an
op-ed about the Centennial called 2-1/2 Days.