On the Deseret News website today, I found the following disclaimer:
"The Deseret News has had a longstanding policy of not publishing letters-to-the-editor addressing political contests the day before and day of the election.
We are applying that same moratorium to comments on election stories beginning Sunday. We will apply the moratorium on older stories as well.
The rationale for the policy is two-fold: Give voters time to cool down and reflect on the choices they will make on Tuesday; and, avoid playing a role in influencing voters by posting possible false, last-minute attacks on candidates.
Thanks for your participation and don't forget to vote."
Early voting has been available for the past two weeks. Does the D-News rationale that it "gives voters time to cool down and reflect on the choices they will make on Tuesday" really make sense now that we can vote early? I'd suspect that the same people who read the letters to the editor are those who have taken time to inform themselves about the candidates and voted early.