An SE staff member told us here:
"Currently, June 13th (with question collection starting on June 6th) is the tentative date for such an election, but only if we can get enough people willing to run for moderator positions."
However the question collection instead started on March 7th, and the election is now underway, 3 months before we were told it would be.
Why is that? I know that it was a "tentative" date, but it just doesn't seem right that the community would be told one thing, and then the company would do a drastically different thing instead, with no explanation or warning or feedback from the community.