AP Style for elections

With the Primary Elections over, we have about 30 seconds to breathe before we start gearing up for the big guy: General Elections on Nov.6.

I’ve been trying to organize what needs to be covered as elections and proposals are posted on Washtenaw County’s website to try to make coverage go as smoothly as possible.

I did, however, stumble upon a nice link for the journos, election geeks and bloggers out there: A compilation of AP Style rules for elections. For those of you who don’t know, AP Style is what most newspapers are written in. It’s why sometimes you feel like journalists write slightly strange. Like e-mails (Why the hyphen?) or Web (Capitalized? Still?). It is the set of spelling and grammar rules that most journalists follow near religiously.

Either way I found the compilation of guidelines is exceptionally helpful because it not only has general election rules, but it also has rules that specifically pertain to the 2012 elections.

So, bookmark it. Save it for November. And remember to register to vote before Oct.9.


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