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I don't see this stated anywhere in the election page or the main meta page. Perhaps it will appear when the primary phase is entered, if it is.

None of the (analogue world) elections I participate in involve a "primary" stage, but my limited understanding of a "primary" is that it's about picking a candidate per party. Do we have parties here? Is it something totally unrelated to that?

(I realise that at this point it's not looking like there will be a primary phase, although it's possible there could be two last-minute candidates).

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@Keen's answer for this question provides the answer here, too:

In the primary phase, all nominees advance to preliminary community voting. Any community member with 150 reputation may vote in the primary. There is no commenting in this phase, only one up or down vote per candidate. The candidate vote scores are all public. Initial voting should provide a rough sense of which candidates are most electable. All candidates are displayed in random order. The primary is not binding; nominees may withdraw at their discretion at any point during the nomination phase. After 4 days, the top 10 candidates based on primary vote score proceed onward to the election phase.

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