# Elections: How candidates advance from the primary phase to the election phase?

I have a question on how the top $10$ primary candidates will proceed to the election phase. The election page says

After 4 days, the top 10 candidates based on primary vote score proceed onward to the election phase

Let us consider two candidates:

• The first candidate has $200$ upvotes and $190$ downvotes (hence his total score is $10$).

• The second candidate has $20$ upvotes and $5$ downvotes (his total score is $15$).

Who gets the nod to proceed to the election phase? Where can I find more information on the details of the election procedure, in general?

I am posting this as a question as per Lord_Farin's suggestion here.

Question by Asaf:

I want to add a question to this one: do the top ten candidate pass to the next stage, or is there are requirement that the overall score is positive?, i.e., if there are $11$ candidates at the time, and when the primaries end there are only six or seven whose vote balance is positive. Do the top ten pass on, or just those six or seven?

• I want to add a question to this one: do the top ten candidate pass to the next stage, or is there are requirement that the overall score is positive? I.e. if there are 11 candidates at the time, and when the primaries end there are only six or seven whose vote balance is positive. Do the top ten pass on, or just those six or seven?
– Asaf Karagila Mod
May 14, 2013 at 0:30
• @AsafKaragila I think it would be better if you add your comment to the question itself.
– user17762
May 14, 2013 at 0:31
• I just didn't want to edit it without permission from you.
– Asaf Karagila Mod
May 14, 2013 at 0:33
• @AsafKaragila When I asked that question in the election chat room, Shog9 answered that top 10 move on. May 14, 2013 at 1:08
• Before someone goes and looks at the vote counts for every candidate (which I just did): these are fictitious examples. :) May 15, 2013 at 13:55
• Repeated editing for no purpose other than to bump the question to the top is rather annoying. May 16, 2013 at 2:58
• @Isaac The primary is going to get over in a couple of days, so this question needs to be answered before that.
– user17762
May 16, 2013 at 3:00
• @user17762 You can post a link to the question in the Election chat, with a ping to Shog9. May 16, 2013 at 3:05
• @75064 Done. ${}$
– user17762
May 16, 2013 at 3:07

After the primary phase is complete, each candidate will have a score:

$$\text{score} = \text{upvotes} - \text{downvotes}$$

Note that this is not necessarily the number displayed next to them during the primary, as negative scores are hidden by default. Candidates are ranked in descending order according to this score. The top 10 move on to the final election phase. In the case of a tie for candidate #10, the system will decide who moves on.

Note that this score is only used to sort and trim the list of candidates at the end of the primary phase - it has no bearing on the final election, and the actual numbers themselves are irrelevant. You could in theory have an election where everyone in the primary ended up with a negative score, the top 10 moved on, and the lowest-scoring candidate went on to win. This has never happened, but hey...

• So, to make it clear in the context of my example, the candidate who has received a total score of $15$ will proceed, even though the other candidate has $200$ up-votes compared to his $20$ up-votes.