We are entering the last leg of the 2022 election season and have some deadlines and other information to share concerning our upcoming election coverage.

First of all, we have noted a large increase in letters to the editor, as is usual in an election year. We will have a firm election letter cutoff this year, with no letters running in the last newspaper before the election.

This is because when you run a last-minute letter about a candidate, the candidate has no chance to respond. It is a common tactic to try to put some revelation out there about a candidate at the last minute, but we do not allow that.

The drop-dead final deadline for any letters to the editor about this election is 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21. You can email them to editor@villagesoup.com.

However, you do not want to wait until the last minute. The sooner you get your thoughts in to us, the better.

We reserve the right to reject any letter at any time for any reason, the key reasons generally being if a letter is libelous, too long, irrelevant or engages in any form of personal attack, racism, sexism and the like. Be civil, concise and use good taste.

The word limit is 350 words and the more letters we get, the more we have to be sticklers about that.

We have developed a new website to provide free election results on election night. It also has information on the candidates. It can be visited at elections.villagesoup.com, and we urge you to check it out.

Be sure to pick up your Oct. 20 edition of The Courier-Gazette and The Republican Journal for special election preview pages showcasing local candidates. We will also be running information about candidates from Camden and the five-town area in the Oct. 20 edition of The Camden Herald.

Results will be posted online on election night, Nov. 8. Due to tight deadlines at the presses, we will not be able to run results in print that week, but check us out in the Nov. 17 edition for a record of local voting results.

Remember that in a democracy, citizenship carries with it certain duties and one of them is to vote. Get out and exercise your rights on Election Day or before using absentee ballots. Educate yourself on what the local candidates stand for. Many of them are your friends and neighbors.

Also remember to be kind and thankful to your local town clerks and election officials, who work very hard to keep our elections free, fair and secure. Our local officials put in long hours and deserve a lot of gratitude for the important work they do.