I voted for multiple candidates in the recently concluded moderator elections. Today, I checked the badges section and came across the Constituent badge and realised I should have had one.

Why was it not awarded to me? Is it a bug or there is some hidden rule that makes me ineligible?

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This is a wild educated guess, but I suppose you voted in the primary, not in the actual election.

The badge description isn't very specific on this:

Voted for a candidate in an election

But I can tell you from my personal experience that voting in the primary does not award the badge.

  • What is the difference primary and actual elections?
    – Ron
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 17:25
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    In the primary, you can cast up or downvotes on each candidate's nomination. The 10 candidates with the best scores move on to the actual election, where you can pick your three favorites.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 17:26
  • To add more: In the primary election, you can cast your vote to all the candidates. And in actual election, you vote for 3 persons as first choice, second choice and third choice
    – nkchandra
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 17:30
  • Yes, I had participated in the primary election. The badge description should be changed to something like "Voted for a candidate in an election's finals" to make it clear.
    – Ron
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 17:48
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    @userSeven7s: I agree. You could open a new question with a feature request. I already edited the entry in List of all badges with full descriptions
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 17:50

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