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Publisher's Voice: Up next: Local elections

Posted 1/15/13

Let’s be honest – we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when the frenzied hype over the national elections finally quieted down. Last week, our story that reported the announcement by David Madsen that he’s tossed his hat into …

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Publisher's Voice: Up next: Local elections


We will keep you informed about the political buzz in town involving both incumbents and hopefuls. We encourage candidates to contact us to report their decision to run or seek re-election.

You may do this by calling us at 717-944-4628 or e-mailing our editor, Jim Lewis at
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Speaking of elections, a full slate of candidates means absolutely nothing if you are not registered to vote.

It’s quite simple. First, the rules. To register in Dauphin County, you must:

• Be a U.S. citizen for at least one month prior to the next election.

• Be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days prior to the election.

• Be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election.

And let’s be clear on this: Jurors in Dauphin County are NOT selected from voter rolls – they are selected from PennDOT records.

The excellent staff in the Dauphin County Bureau of Registration and Elections, led by Steve Chiavetta, will be more than happy to help. Give them a call at 717-780-6360 or 800-328-0058. You can download a voter registration application from the county’s Web site,
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You may have noticed some changes to our website, Our new site offers lots of new features as well as a subscription-based full electronic version that you can read from the comfort of your computer – or even your Smartphone or computer pad. You also can subscribe online to the Press And Journal’s print edition as well.

You may now offer comments to all articles posted on our website. Sound Off has changed a bit as well. Due to previous spam attacks on our old online Sound Off form, we added a security box that involves typing five characters. This simply prevents spammers from flooding our servers. You DO NOT have to enter any personal information to submit Sound Offs, nor does our server collect any information from you.

Our community calendar has taken a quantum leap. Open to all nonprofit organizations, it affords free publicity for fundraising events. We also ensure that the meeting notices of local municipalities and their commissions, boards, committees, etc. that are in our printed edition are automatically placed on the community calendar – a great benefit for residents who want to stay informed. Take a look!

Soon to come: Online classifieds and, yes, an app for computer pads! It’s very exciting.

It’s extremely challenging to stay in the race with technology as it leaps and bounds – and transitions are not always smooth sailing. Those of you who have let us know about problems with our site also know we addressed those issues immediately. Right now we’re working on a fix for the occasional slow connection – and it looks like we’ve got it figured out. But, as always, we welcome your input. Give us a shout at

You can also call 717-944-4628 and speak with a live person.
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One of our annual campaigns is the Honor Roll of Business. It’s our way of spotlighting the incredible number of years area businesses have had their doors open to the community.

We’re gathering participants for the 2013 edition, and we’d like to have the privilege of including your business – no matter if you’re six months old or 60 years old.

Contact our Maxine Etter at or 717-944-4628 for all the details.