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As stated here, users don't receive notifications for nomination phase of elections if they are not eligible to nominate themselves. It made sense to me at first glance, but later didn't.

Users eligible to vote are still interested in other nominees. Why should they wait (or be unnotified) until primary/election phase to read candidates' introductions?

Wouldn't it be beneficial to know candidates in advance?

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When the nomination phase starts, there are no candidates. Sending a notification to 150-300 reputation users would be kinda noisy; they can't do anything at that moment. If they're really interested in the site, they'll also see an election is going on in the sidebar widget.

When the election phase starts, you have (usually) 8 days to get to know the candidates, which should be enough to make a solid decision.

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