Rite of Election
the bishop elects, or calls, the catechumens
the logistics may vary, but in essentials the bishop greets the catechumens (ideally outside the church or cathedral where this is taking place) and welcomes them. Our bishop shakes each and every hand. Then the catechumens process into the church and take their seats. The pastors (or their delegates) introduce the catechumens from each parish, who come forward, announce their name (or the pastor calls out the names) and sign the Book of the Elect. The Bishop performs the blessing, and his remarks address their intensive preparation for baptism that takes place during Lent.
This takes place in the context of the Mass on the First Sunday of Lent, or possibly at a Mass or Liturgy of the Word later in the week. If the second case, the catechumens are called forward in their own parish on the first Sunday of Lent, sign the book of elect there, receive a blessing and are “sent” to the bishop for Election. This is called, obviously, the Rite of Sending for Election.
These rites are proper only for the unbaptized. There is a parallel rite for the baptized candidates, but it is not election, they are already numbered among the elect by virtue of their baptism.
In case of pastoral necessity, the priest may, with permission of the bishop, celebrate the rite of election in the parish, but he must be sure to explain to all present that he exercises this call in the name of the bishop, to whom the privilege belongs.
during Lent you are no longer catechumens, but the Elect. This rite should only be done once, at the beginning of Lent in the year you will be baptized at Easter. If there are unavoidable circumstances that interrupt your progress during Lent (move out of state, military deployment, grave illness) you should not be made to start over at square one. You would either be baptized as soon as you can complete prepartions, without waiting for Easter, or be initiated the following Easter, participating in the rites and preparations of Lent, but as one who is already among the Elect.