The "damaging comments" referred to in this post made me wonder if we're dealing with the wrong issue. Right now, the argument seems to be "is it okay for people to put their geographical locations in their election platform posts?"
By itself, a user's geographical location really is irrelevant. People are only interested in locations because they want to know when the user will be available for moderation duties. But what if someone, say, works the night shift? Isn't allowed to use SO at work? Has lots of family or other commitments after work?
Seems to me it'd be better to have candidates leave off location information altogether, and instead just say (roughly) what hours they plan to make themselves available for moderation duties. Thoughts?