Summary: Freelancing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on November 1 to bring in two more moderators, as a third attempt after last October’s failed election and last April’s failed election.
For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange. The timeline:
On November 8, if there are three or more candidates, we’ll run an election. If not, I’ll extend the nomination period for a week. If, at the end of that extension period there are still less than 3 candidates, I’ll simply appoint the candidates. (There’s a small chance we’ll need to remove a nomination, but I doubt that will come up.)
If there is an election, I’ll announce the results on meta on November 16 (or November 23, if we need to extend the nomination period).
If we can't appoint at least one candidate as a result of this election, the site will be shut down. This possibility had been mentioned in this previous post, and we sincerely hope it doesn't get to that. That being said, we think it's important to set expectations properly on what's at stake for this election.
If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please stick them in an answer here. We hope to see some good nominees in this election! ^_^