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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paid Election Letter for seMissourian.com

All letters of endorsement of or in opposition to candidates, as well as letters from or about candidates, will be published as Paid Election Letters and are subject to a fee depending on the newspaper (see below).

Graphs or photos may be submitted with paid election letters for an additional fee of $125. Photos of the candidate supported by the letter writer are accepted, though no signs with large words are permitted. Each newspaper has its own publishing deadlines (see right).

Paid Election Letters are to be paid for by the letter writer. If paid by another entity, that information must be stated properly according to election laws. Payment for the appropriate amount must be received before a Paid Election Letter will be published.

Paid Election Letters must include the writer's complete mailing address, which will be published with the letter as required by Missouri election laws.

The newspaper may determine it legitimate for an elected official who is also a candidate to respond to an issue where that official has been specifically identified in the newspaper without their response being a Paid Election Letter. In such cases, candidates for the elected official's Office are invited to submit their own non-paid letters on the same topic without electioneering. Though exceptions are rare, the final judgment is made by the newspaper editorial staff.

If you have a question about what constitutes a Paid Election Letter, contact the individual paper. The editor reserves the right to decline any letter.

Use the form below to send a Paid Election Letter to the editor electronically. This form is secure for credit card payments. Before Writing your letter, please review the guidelines on the right.

Contact info:

Name:

Email:
(A copy of your letter will be sent to this email address for your records.)

Daytime phone number:

Street address:
(Please include your address, city, state, and ZIP code. This will be printed with the letter as required by Missouri election laws.)

In which newspapers should this letter appear?

($25 base price + 50 cents per word after 100 words)

($25 base price + 25 cents per word after 100 words)

($25 base price + 25 cents per word after 100 words)

($25 base price + 50 cents per word after 150 words)

($25 base price + 50 cents per word after 150 words)

Content:

Your letter:

Upload a graphic:
Optional. For an additional cost of $75, you can include a graphic that will run with your Paid Election Letter. The image must be in JPEG, TIFF, or PNG format and will be sized in the print newspaper so that it is no more than 3.5 inches wide and 3 inches deep. Graphics should be a minimum of 200 DPI.

Billing information:

Name on credit card:

Credit card number:

Credit card expiration:

Credit card security code:

Billing address:
(if different than the street address above)

Paid Election Letter Deadlines

Southeast Missourian: Paid Election Letters are published on Mondays and Thursdays. All Paid Election letters received by 5 p.m. Tuesday will be published the following Thursday. All Paid Election letters received by 5 p.m. Thursday will be published the following Monday. To ensure publication, all last-minute Paid Election Letters must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday one week before an election. The deadline to submit a negative letter about a candidate is Tuesday two weeks before an election.

Marble Hill Banner Press: Paid Election Letters must be received by 5 p.m. Friday to appear in the Wednesday paper. Last-minute letters must be received two weeks before an election. The deadline to submit a negative letter about a candidate is three weeks before an election.

Scott County Signal: Paid Election Letters must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday to appear in the Sunday paper. Last-minute letters must be received two weeks before an election. The deadline to submit a negative letter about a candidate is three weeks before an election.

Dexter Daily Statesman and Daily Dunklin Democrat: Paid Election Letters must be received by 10 a.m. daily. To ensure publication, all last-minute Paid Election Letters must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday one week before an election.

Letter guidelines for the Southeast Missourian:

1. Letters on topics of general public interest are welcomed.

2. All letters to be considered for publication must include the name and address of the the writer and a daytime telephone number where the writer may be reached during normal business hours.

3. All letters must be signed. The name and town of the writer will be published.

4. Letters on topics of general public interest must be 250 words or less.

5. Letters may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. The mail address is Letters, Southeast Missourian, P.O. Box 699, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702. The fax number is 573-334-7288. The e-mail address is letters@semissourian.com.

6. Only one letter of general public interest each month from writers who submit more than one letter a month will be considered for publication.

7. Regarding letters about candidates: All letters of endorsement of or in opposition to candidates, as well as letters from or about candidates, will be published as Paid Election Letters and are subject to a fee of $25 for up to 100 words, plus an additional 50 cents per word beyond 100. Paid Election Letters are published on Mondays and Thursdays in the Southeast Missourian. All Paid Election letters received by 5 p.m. Tuesday will be published the following Thursday. All Paid Election letters received by 5 p.m. Thursday will be published the following Monday. To ensure publication, all last-minute Paid Election Letters must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday one week before an election. Paid Election Letters submitted to the Marble Hill Banner Press must be received by 5 p.m. Friday to appear in the Wednesday paper. Paid Election Letters submitted to the Scott County Signal must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday to appear in the Sunday paper. The final deadline to submit a Paid Election Letter for the Banner Press or Signal is two weeks before an election. Paid Election Letters for the Banner Press and Signal are $25 for up to 100 words, plus an additional 25 cents per word beyond 100. Paid Election Letters are to be paid for by the letter writer. If paid by another entity, that information must be stated properly according to election laws. Payment for the appropriate amount must be received before a Paid Election Letter will be published. Paid Election Letters must include the writer's complete mailing address, which will be published with the letter as required by Missouri election laws.

8. Letters regarding ballot issues other than candidates are subject to the same guidelines as letters on topics of general public interest. The deadline for ballot-issue letters is 5 p.m. Tuesday one week before an election.

9. These guidelines notwithstanding, the editor will make the final determination on the suitability of all letters submitted for publication.