We do not make endorsements.
A decade ago this year, the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News stopped endorsing candidates and issues in elections.
We did this because readers made it clear that what they wanted from us was the information and analysis they need to make their own decisions. We undermine our unbiased, objective reporting in the news sections by picking a sides on our editorial pages.
We do not tell you how to vote. Our job is to make sure that you’re fully informed about the candidates and issues before casting your ballot.
We advocate for participation and education.
We want eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots. Democracy works best when everyone’s voice is heard. Our coverage educates people on how to how to register, how to vote and how they can be sure their vote is counted.
In the 2020 election, one of our reporters registered as an official poll observer to detail for the community exactly how the Montgomery County Board of Elections gathered and tallied votes. In this Sunday’s newspaper, you will find detailed instructions on how to register and vote, and a printed absentee ballot request form you can use to request a ballot to vote by mail.
Our focus is on the issues, not the horse race.
People don’t decide who to vote for based on political polls, which are sometimes wrong. We don’t need to rebroadcast every attack ad, cover every photo-op or regurgitate the latest political meme. Our reporters focus on showing where candidates stand on issues, looking into the accuracy or implications of their claims, and helping readers understand candidates’ goals and principles. On issues, we help readers understand how their community and pocketbook will be impacted by their vote.
We depend upon your involvement.
The cornerstone of democracy is spirited, meaningful discussion. We want to go beyond telling you about the candidates and issues — we want to foster further discussion and deeper understanding. While we do not accept contributed columns that endorse particular candidates or issues, we invite you to submit your ideas on the problems facing your community and how you’d advocate for change.
We value the trust you place in us, and we’re committed to serving this community.
We appreciate your feedback. Let us know how you feel about our political coverage, provide ideas for stories or ask questions to clarify something that you need explained by emailing email@example.com.
Your voice is important. Make it heard through your vote this — and every — election. Democracy needs all of us.
Meet Our Political Coverage Team
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