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Mary Howe Kiraly is a voting activist living in Maryland.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Getting the Framing on Election Polling Right Polling,especially exit polling,is a well-recognized science.Computerized voting,on the other hand,is vulnerable to human error,programming error,and technological glitches,which we should emphasize.It is also vulnerable to deliberate manipulation- speculation which we should avoid.We encourage candidates,pollsters,pundits,media, and elected officials to reconsider election results when we focus on the technology...
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Getting in Touch with the Inner VVSG Who would have thought then that we would become the technology-savvy watchdogs of the computerized voting industry?Or that we would rise to the occasion in such numbers and determination that one of the premier manufacturers of security systems in the world(Diebold)would change its election division's name in an effort to preserve the corporate brand?Kudos.Now let's get back to work;it's complicated but we're up to the task.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 11, 2007
A Return to Maryland: the Lessons of Success On Monday, April 9, the 2007, at the stroke of midnight, the Maryland General Assembly performed a miracle that had been unattainable for 4 years. It turned our lemon of a voting system into a potential jewel. Legislators passed bills that will transform our paperless touchscreen voting machines into paper ballots/optical scan technology in 2010. This transition will have consequences for the nation.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 8, 2006
2006: A Year to Write Ballads About All that we have accomplished serves to remind us of the extent to which a healthy democracy requires eternal vigilance on the part of individual citizens, dedicated to protecting the heart of our communities: the American election system.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Robo-Calls and Push Polls As the election nears, reports are increasing that deceptive robo-call campaigns are being used in competitive races around the country. The goal is not to deliver legitimate messages or solicit legitimate polling data. Calls often occur multiple times in a day, and occur late into the night.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 8, 2006
URGENT! WE NEED YOUR HELP The Election Defense Alliance is hiring Zogby to do independent exit polls in November. Polls that can't be changed when the election turns out to be the opposite from the exit polls like the 2004 elections. Please give as generously as you can because our democracy depends on safeguarding our elections.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 24, 2006
Maryland: America in Miniature: One voter's report from the trenches Most interesting (and here I provide a nugget to the "conspiracy theorists" among us), had that small error at the beginning of the day not occurred, the press and elected officials would have been focused on the technological and system failures in the Diebold E-Poll Books and the Diebold AccuVote TS system. That would have been the huge story that came out of the Maryland Primary. It was not.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 17, 2006
Our reporter on the ground in Maryland dissects WaPo lead story Here is my take on the Washington Post coverage today (and there are amazing people who have worked diligently to get the Post focused on this issue).
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 14, 2006
The Fallacy of Voter Fraud Plays Out in Maryland's Primary: A Work of Science Fiction? In an effort to quell Republican concerns, State Elections Administrator Linda Lamone offered the Legislature yet another Diebold product: E-Poll Books, tied to the statewide voter registration database, for voter check in. The Legislature adopted this suggestion and reallocated the millions of dollars, provided by the Governor for leasing optical scan, to the purchase of Diebold E-Poll Books.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Maryland Election Nightmare Underway Live from the trenches: Voting integrity activists, after failing to secure a paper ballot in the 2006 Maryland Legislative Session, have been concerned that it might take an election meltdown to focus the Legislature and the State Board of Elections on the vulnerabilities in paperless touchscreen voting. We may have just gotten that "perfect storm."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 7, 2006
Who Knew: Democrats are Blamed for Pre-9/11 Failures You will remember last year, when the Democrats shut down the Senate over the Intelligence Committee's failure to undertake the promised investigation. We may see a few "crumbs" from the full loaf on Friday. As we know, Friday afternoon is optimum time, politicians find, for dropping distasteful and embarrassing information into the media's trough. It appears that Republicans expect to spread the 9/11 blame around.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 8, 2006
If Wishes Came True, There Would Be No Hungry Children in America Here's a tale of neighbors and townspeople getting together to feed hungry children. Read and be inspired!