In this question, Kobi pointed out that primary votes on moderator election candidates count toward your total votes on SO (outside of the election), a behavior which I tested and confirmed.

Is this intended? If so, does a primary candidate vote count as a question vote, answer vote, or neither? (I ask this with specific regards to the Electorate badge.)

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    I even got the Critic badge on SU when I downvoted someone in the primary.
    – mmyers
    Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 5:52
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    Isn't this kinda like paying for votes then? You have a secondary incentive to vote on people than just ... you know ... voting on them. Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 11:13

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These votes will no longer appear on your profile or used in any of the current badge grant calculations.



This answer was correct at the time, but was made obsolete by code changes on Feb 5th, 2011.

According to ChrisF and Yi Jiang, the mod candidates appear as questions in the API. So votes would supposedly count as question votes (for now).

Reference: http://chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/475070#475070

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    Yes, you can confirm this by looking at the election nominations post in the /questions route in the API - api.programmers.stackexchange.com/1.0/questions/39586. Trying to do the same in /answers/ will return no results. Other titbits you can glean from that result is that they are CW (quite obvious) and any direct links to them, like say programmers.stackexchange.com/q/39586 will always return 404, which is probably why their view count is 0
    – Yi Jiang
    Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 12:52

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