Just saw this:

inbox message about election that is underway

In words:

The Stack Overflow 2020 community moderator election is underway — nominations now being accepted.

However, when clicking the message, I was greeted with:

elections page saying there no active elections now

Or in words:

There are no active community moderator elections at the moment. Below is a historical record of all elections to date:

Can this please be fixed so that I won't get wrong and misleading inbox messages?

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    There is an election underway. Perhaps you just clicked the link too fast before the page updated? I don't know if there is caching to that page. Does it still show that message for you now? – animuson Jul 6 at 20:22
  • it showed up for a few minutes, went away, and now it's back. don't think cache works that way – user400654 Jul 6 at 20:24
  • Thanks @animuson looks like there is 15 minutes cache. You recommend to edit this into feature request asking to delay the notification, or delete it? – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 6 at 20:24
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    This question seems valid to me. Looking over on SO meta, the automatic Community user announcement of the election ended up being posted three times: once, twice, and thrice. I think they accidentally canceled the election and restarted it a couple times; you happened to click it during the between time. This also explains why it showed up multiple times, @user400654. – Sonic the Masked Werehog Jul 6 at 20:30
  • I'm... not contesting the validity of this question. – user400654 Jul 6 at 20:31
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    @Sonic thanks, didn't dig that deep. So in such case, the messages should be auto deleted, same way comment replies are deleted when the comments are deleted. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 6 at 20:33
  • @user400654 Not saying that you are. That text was directed at people who were downvoting and close-voting this question. – Sonic the Masked Werehog Jul 6 at 21:42
  • @CesarM Sha & ani, I received no notification, though clicking your link earned me a bronze badge; so I was eligible for the notification. You might modify it to that; oddly broken and inconsistent. – Rob Jul 6 at 23:21
  • @Rob looks like Cesar deleted his comment and posted answer instead, so he missed your ping. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 7 at 5:46
  • @Rob can you open another bug report if that's the case? It's unrelated to this one. – Cesar M Jul 7 at 15:33
  • @CesarM, my comment was a reply to this comment by Shadow, where he wondered if he should generalize this Bug Report; I think mine would be either deemed a duplicate of this or garner comments saying it was related. As long as you are aware that's good enough for me. --- IF the system used a list of pregenerated messages that were referenced by a *pointer then 'mass notifications' could be sent/deleted instantly, to follow opening/closing .. – Rob Jul 7 at 16:28

This was probably caused by the election ending early and needing to be restarted.

Shouldn't be a recurring bug as it was caused by a human mistake on ending the wrong election.

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