Letters to the Editor

Supporters of I-166 need to make their voices heard in communities across Montana. The whole nation is talking about Montana’s role in restoring clean elections, and it’s time for you to join the conversation by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) is often the easiest way to get your message in print and the LTE pages of some publications are often the most widely read sections. A letter can raise reader awareness of our issue and respond to information contained within an article published in the newspaper.

Daily Papers

Click on the link to submit a letter

Drafting an LTE

  • Keep it short. Check with your newspaper’s editorial department on the word limit requirements; this can often be done on-line, at the newspaper’s website.  Editors may take the liberty of slicing out parts of your letter, so keeping your letter short also means that your important points won’t be left out.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Be clear. Stick to one very clear point.  In other words, what is the message you are trying to communicate?
  • Personalize. Tell why you care about the issue.
  • Make it local. How does this issue relate to the community?
  • Be polite!
  • Sign it. Include your name, address, and telephone number. And if you are mailing your letter in rather than sending it via email, don’t forget to also sign and date it.  Many papers will call to confirm the author before printing the letter.
  • Cite references. If you are writing in reference to a recent article, cite the headline and date in the first or second sentence of your letter.

Letters from I-166 Supporters

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