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Would it be possible to get more information on what the Primary phase entails, please?

The Nomination phase looks pretty self-explanatory, and I assume Election phase is about the community voting.

I'm vaguely aware there's a Primary phase in American elections (only because of '24'), but no idea what happens during it... Other than heroic rescues by insomniacs, obviously.

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From the bar on the right-hand side of the election page:

In the primary phase, all nominees advance to preliminary community voting. Any community member with 150 reputation may vote in the primary.

There is no commenting in this phase, only one up or down vote per candidate. The candidate vote scores are all public. Initial voting should provide a rough sense of which candidates are most electable.

All candidates are displayed in random order.

The primary is not binding; nominees may withdraw at their discretion at any point during the nomination phase.

After 4 days, the top 10 candidates based on primary vote score proceed onward to the election phase.

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  • How bizarre. My right-hand bar is all about the nomination phase. All I have about the Primary is "After 8 days, the top 30 nominees, ordered by reputation, advance to the primary phase. However, if there are 10 candidates or less, we skip directly to the election phase." Or am I looking in the wrong place?
    – Stu Pegg
    Oct 19 '11 at 20:41
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    Oh, wait. I have to click that big "Primary" button... Now I feel daft.
    – Stu Pegg
    Oct 19 '11 at 20:47

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