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Word limit on campaign letters

Updated 6:26 pm, Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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The Westport News has set a 250-word limit on letters to the editor regarding November's town election.

The length limit applies to letters of endorsement and letters about candidates, party slates and election issues. Election-related letters of more than 250 words will not be considered for publication.

No election-related letters will be accepted after noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The volume of election-related letters has increased in recent years, and the new limit is designed to accommodate in a timely fashion all who wish to comment.

Letters must be received directly from writers; they will not be accepted from third parties. All must include a full address and daytime phone number for verification of identity. Only the name and town of residence will be published.

The length limit for non-election-related letters remains 500 words. The 250-word campaign limit will be lifted Nov. 6, the day after the election.

Letters may be emailed to jdoody@bcnnew.com, with "Letter to the editor" in the subject field.