I'm really confused on this. I have no idea on several things:
- When do elections begin?
- Is there a set time each year?
- Do elections actually take place each year?
- Can I vote?
- Where do I vote?
Can someone please help me?
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There are no set schedules to elections. The only rules about when elections can and cannot occur are:
Elections are generally run on an as-needed basis since moderators hold the title until they choose to step down or become inactive and unresponsive and it's generally not necessary to add more hands to a moderation team if they would have little to do. In general, there are two main reasons for an election to be scheduled on a site:
Historically, elections were held when a site left beta - "graduating" - to switch from the moderator team appointed by the CMs to one elected by the community. In 2018, simpler pro-tem elections were announced for beta sites and not all sites have a "graduation" election, or they may not have had one yet as most sites lost the beta label in August 2019 or December 2021.
Please refer to the other FAQ about the election process: