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I've visited the election page and looked at some of the nominations. Do I need to wait until nominations end before the badge is awarded? I clicked on the badge and I saw plenty of users being awarded it so I'm guessing I don't have to wait until nominations end.

Is this a bug or is there something special I need to do to be awarded this badge?

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It may be that you only get the Caucus badge if you're eligible to vote in the election. Then you'd need 19 rep more, possibly have to revisit the election page after that. – Daniel Fischer Jun 11 '12 at 19:01
I have 131 reputation on the main SO site. I assume it's your SO rep that counts and not your meta rep? – PriestVallon Jun 11 '12 at 19:04
You need 150 rep to vote in the election, iirc. – Daniel Fischer Jun 11 '12 at 19:08
Ah, but "If you can’t vote, you can at least make your voice heard. This is a bronze badge." here strongly suggests that Caucus would be attainable even before you have the right to vote. – Daniel Fischer Jun 11 '12 at 19:10
Sorry I just assumed you meant you were on about my meta rep as 106 + 19 would be a nice round 125 – PriestVallon Jun 11 '12 at 19:11
Heh, nice. Identical distance to a milestone in SO and MSO ;) But as per the quote in my previous comment, methinks you should get it even when you can't yet vote. Try doing something on the election page, upvote a comment or so. – Daniel Fischer Jun 11 '12 at 19:17
I up voted multiple comments and still no badge – PriestVallon Jun 12 '12 at 0:05
Visit Chechnya. – Rosinante Jun 12 '12 at 0:54
I finally got over 150 rep and got the Caucus badge :) – PriestVallon Jun 13 '12 at 3:10

This badge is tied to the ability to vote - you do in fact need to have 150 reputation. We'll make sure this clear in the description of the badge. If you don't have 150 reputation you're always encouraged to participate so that you can make your vote count.

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

From looking at the people being awarded the Caucus badge currently they all have a rep of at least 150 so I'm guessing having 150 rep or more must be a prerequisite for the Caucus badge. They should either inform users of this or make s change so all users can get this badge.

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Possible, you need 150 to vote. – Kevin Jun 12 '12 at 0:40
Taken from the title attribute of the badge: "bronze badge: Visited an election during any phase of an active election and have enough reputation to cast a vote" – jesus.tesh Jun 12 '12 at 21:25
Just noticed that, it didn't say that yesterday. Looks like my question made a difference :) – PriestVallon Jun 13 '12 at 1:37

It usually takes a few minutes until you get a badge. Be patient ;)

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Well, there are Caucus badges awarded every five minutes right now. I don't see PriestVallon in there, and there's been quite a few badge runs since then. – Mat Jun 11 '12 at 17:08
patience what's that. :) – bluefeet Jun 11 '12 at 17:20
@Mat: Right, good point, I just noticed that myself. Usually it shouldn't take this long. Maybe something went wrong or there is another requirement after all? E.g. visit length or which site you came from. – Junuxx Jun 11 '12 at 17:21
Still no sign of the badge! – PriestVallon Jun 11 '12 at 17:45

From the updated list of badges with full descriptions:


  • bronze; awarded multiple times; same family as Constituent (silver)
  • Visit an election page while an election is in progress
  • You must have the minimum reputation required to be able to vote in the election
  • You get the badge once per election, as long as you visit the election page while an election phase (nomination, primary or final) is in progress
  • Introduced during the 2012 Stack Overflow moderator election

Unless the moderators are incorrect, all you need to do is visit the election page while an election (nomination, primary, or final) is in progress. :)

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