I just want to make this extra clear that I think you should consider making the politics forum follow sitewide jurisdiction and implement hate speech rules instead of doing this election while still keeping it hidden. It really is the option where everyone wins at this point. The thread has become divisive as fuck and there are all kinds of potential problems. No matter who wins someone will have a serious problem with it. So I think this is the really the best course of action. Either this or doing this while still electing a new mod anyway just because that was going to happen anyway.
But if the election still does have to happen though I want to know if that person I mentioned is on the list since they did post more recently once. Also how long will people be allowed to vote? I think you should allow for a week or something just to make sure that everyone gets a chance to get involved.