Well, I don't feel like talking endlessly, so I'll make this short and to the point: instead of nominations for elected positions, why don't we have write-in ballots? The way this would work is, when we want to have an election, the staff member putting up the vote thread would put in the most obvious options. Then, you go to the thread to vote. If you see your favored candidate there, you can vote for them; otherwise, you ask (via post or PM) for the candidate to be added. The candidate is asked, the staff decides if they'll veto, and if all goes well, the candidate gets added to the poll and you can vote for him.
Basically, this means that the entire nominations process is scrapped, cutting days off the already too-lengthy election procedure. There will be no more cases of missing the nominations and getting left out, and everyone gets to vote for their choice. Opinions?