Candidates must obtain at least 30 votes with an overall ratio of 80% in favour. (In order to be eligible to vote, users must have a valid account on Meta with a link to at least one account on a project where the user has participated at least three months.) The Board of Trustees will handpick approximately 10-20 elected users for steward status.
New this year, candidates must be of legal age and must provide their full name and proof of identity to the Wikimedia Foundation office (for the full list of requirements, see the application guidelines). In his announcement to this effect, Brad Patrick (General Counsel and interim Executive director) stated that "Individuals who are trusted within our community may not be treated the same way if there is a lawsuit which results from a steward's actions, which is a very real possibility. As such, we cannot allow individuals who are not yet 18 to run."
This is the list of candidates as of 27 November 2006. Although candidates must provide their real name and proof of identity to the Foundation, they are not required to publicly state this information.