The election briefly started voting today and then was returned back to nominations, why?

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This is History's graduation election, and thus we need at least one more candidate than the number of spots to move ahead with an election.

The election moving into voting is an automatic process, but extending the nomination phase before voting is a manual step - and we failed to do that before the hour, so the election incorrectly moved ahead.

We've reverted the process, discarded votes that were cast, and extended the nomination period for another week - we'll need one more candidate by next Monday.

Anyone who voted today will be able to vote again normally next week.

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    For the record: will the voting phase resume the moment a 5th candidate steps up or exactly on next Monday?
    – Mast
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 20:29
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    I might make the observation that given what's happening in the real-world in the next week (building up to next Tuesday), a lot of our userbase might be a bit distracted right now.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 20:32
  • @T.E.D. Considering the deadline is next Monday, a day before next Tuesday, they just might be distracted a tad too long.
    – Mast
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 20:35
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    @Mast exactly on next Monday
    – Cesar M StaffMod
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 21:20
  • What happens if we don't get another nomination by Monday? Would we get another extension?
    – Semaphore
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 8:32
  • @Semaphore No, it's one extension per election, if we don't have another nomination by Monday we'll have to cancel the election and consider it a failed one
    – Cesar M StaffMod
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 18:04
  • There are currently 4 candidates and 4 open positions (at least last time I checked). Why not simply give each of the 4 candidates a position?
    – Chipster
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 18:26
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    @Chipster per our rules for elections, they have to be competitive for graduated sites. Since this is History's graduation election, we need a competitive one (which means candidates +1 at least)
    – Cesar M StaffMod
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 23:49
  • @CesarM Ah. That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.
    – Chipster
    Commented Oct 28, 2020 at 2:11

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