In future elections (as the user-base grows) I would like to see a reputation deposit required.
This is similar to UK elections where a candidate is required to pay a nominal fee. This is returned if they poll at-least 5% of the vote.
I suggest a deposit of 500 reputation, returned if the candidate polls over 5%.
This would provide several benefits:
- Allow for a lower required reputation (and address concerns like these)
- Increase the quality of candidates
- Voters can be assured the candidate is serious