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Election letter guidelines

October 11, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

Election Day is 26 days away. We've already published a large number of letters to the editor from people recommending candidates they favor, and we expect to receive many more.

We're setting a letters deadline of noon Monday, Oct. 29. If you submit one after then, we can't guarantee it will be published before Election Day, Nov. 6.

Also, as usual, we have some special guidelines for election-related opinion pieces:

-Letters from candidates will not be published. Candidates are encouraged to contact our advertising department.

-No letters to the editor, Guest Commentaries or political advertisements will run in the Enterprise the day before or the day of the election (Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5 and 6), with one exception: Rebuttals to prior articles may be published on the day before an election, as the editor deems necessary.

-Form letters will not be published.

-We strongly encourage writers to limit themselves to the 500-word letter limit, which is more generous than in most daily papers. Guest Commentaries of up to 1,000 words must rise to a level of compelling writing and issue-based content to warrant being published in longer form, as determined by the managing editor.

Also, the normal guidelines apply: Each submission must be factually accurate (the burden of verification is on the writer) and contain the author's first and last names, place of residence and phone number for verification purposes. (We won't print phone numbers except by request.) Submissions may be edited for grammar, spelling, punctuation and accuracy.

These guidelines don't cover every possibility - occasionally, it's a judgment call - but they're a helpful structure for potential letter writers and for readers. We try to publish every letter we receive, and knowing the rules helps you write letters that will be published.

We are grateful to those who choose to write and share their viewpoints with the community. We also thank you for reading up about the candidates and, hopefully, for voting. These letters are a very important part of the democratic process, and we're proud to print them.

 
 

 

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