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AP-ND-North Dakota General Election Testing,ADVISORY, ND

September 28, 2018

BC-ND_North Dakota General Election Testing, Advisory

AP-ND_North Dakota General Election Testing, Advisory, ND

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The NORTH DAKOTA general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Poll Close: 7 and 8 p.m. CST (8 and 9 p.m. EST)

First Results Expected: 7:05 p.m. CST (8:05 p.m. EST)

UPDATES:

None currently.

ELECTION PROFILE:

North Dakota has one of the top Senate races in the nation, with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp fighting hard to retain her seat six years after she won it by a mere 3,000 votes. She is challenged by Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer in what is widely seen as a race critical for the GOP hanging on to the Senate. North Dakota’s other major race is for Cramer’s House seat, with Republican Kelly Armstrong facing Democrat Mac Schneider.

Voters will also see several ballot measures, including one to legalize recreational marijuana just two years after they said yes to medical marijuana. Another would amend the constitution to enact several ethics measures, including banning foreign money in elections and creating an independent ethics commission. And a third would explicitly block non-U.S. citizens from voting in North Dakota elections. This measure’s supporters say it is necessary even though state law already restricts voting to citizens. Portions of the state Senate and House are up for election, but the GOP holds supermajorities in both chambers.

ANOMALIES:

None currently.

NATIONAL ELECTION REPORTS:

Where to find NATIONAL ELECTION REPORTS (Governors/U.S. Senate/U.S. House - All 50 States (and DC)):

Premium NATIONAL election customers - On the AP Elections FTP Server, electionsonline.ap.org:

- /Trend - Governor/U.S. Senate/U.S. House balance of power/trend reports

- /US_topofticket - Summary/state-level vote reports/feeds for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and results of ballot measures of national interest for all 50 states

- /US_topofticket_county - Summary/state-level and county-level vote reports/feeds for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and results of ballot measures of national interest for all 50 states

Premium STATE election customers - On the AP Elections FTP server, electionsonline.ap.org:

- /Trend - Governor/U.S. Senate/U.S. House balance of power/trend reports

Premium state election customers AND non-premium AP customers - In AP Newsroom/AP Webfeeds:

For state-level (no county) vote reports for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House:

- US-Gov-All, US-Senate-All, US-House-All - vote results for Gov/US Senate/US House for all 50 states

- US-Gov-Sum, US-Senate-Sum, US-House-Sum - balance of power/national trend for Gov/US Senate/ US House

(non-premium AP customers only)

Please refer to the following national election testing advisories on your respective news wire/on AP Newsroom for scheduled Election testing and Election Day times.

-“BC-US-General Election Tests-Member Choice, Advisory” - for newspaper subscribers (Member Choice Complete customers)

-“AP-US-General Election Tests-National Reports, Advisory” - for broadcast subscribers (Newspower customers)

For assistance in setting up an AP Webfeed for the national election reports, please contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS:

Direct any questions about election reports, testing, or delivery to AP Elections services to AP Customer Support at 877-

836-9477; apcustomersupport@ap.org.

Documentation for the AP Elections services is available at http://aphelp.ap.org.

Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Doug Glass, dglass@ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES:

Members and customers interested in premium election services should contact Sales planning Manager Tara Mahoney, 212-621-1759 or tmahoney@ap.org.

TESTING INFORMATION:

Testing Dates and Times:

The 2018 general election testing schedule is:

Eastern Time

.Mondays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 - 1-3 p.m. EDT (2 hours)

.Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Nov. 1 - 11-3 p.m. EDT (4 hours)

.Monday, Nov. 5 - 11-3 p.m. EST - LAST ELECTION TEST(asterisk) (4 hours)

Local Time

.Mondays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 - 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. CDT (2 hours)

.Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Nov. 1 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CDT (4 hours)

.Monday, Nov. 5 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CST - LAST ELECTION TEST(asterisk) (4 hours)

LAST ELECTION TEST - NO WINNERS WILL BE CALLED.

This advisory will be updated throughout the testing period.

Zeros will be transmitted after testing on the eve of the election.

Race calls: AP will make race calls on election night unless a race is too close to call. Race calls will be made during testing, except on the day of the final test.

Races, candidates and precincts are considered preliminary. AP will advise when they are final.

Statewide and race-specific precinct totals in early tests are considered preliminary. AP will advise when they are final.

Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. A list of races, ND-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/ND/anpa/ and to state news and broadcast services after the last polls close.

Winners: AP will move a list of unofficial winners at the end of tabulation and during each test, except on the final day of testing. A list of winners, ND-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/ND/anpa/.

End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded, generally before 6 p.m. the day after the election.

TESTING BASICS:

Test results are created electronically to test the accuracy of the election night reporting system and do not reflect an expectation of election results. They should not be broadcast, published, replicated or posted on websites.

It is vital to read weekly advisories during testing. Advisories move to news service advisory queues. Advisories note updates to candidates, races and precincts, along with the date when updates will appear. Changes may be made up to Election Day.

AP advises capture of each test during the testing period and particularly during the final test on the day before the election to ensure readiness to take results on Election Day.

Report frequency in testing may not reflect the actual election night schedule. As example, county tables for contested

U.S. House races move to Member Choice subscribers in each test but will move just twice on election night.

SEARCH CRITERIA FOR ELECTION TESTING ADVISORIES:

AP NEWSROOM:

Single State Search: geography:“North Dakota” AND (category:v OR category:n) AND slug:“Election Testing”

Multi-State Search: geography:(“North Dakota” OR “New York”) AND (category:v OR category:n) AND slug:“Election Testing”

ELECTION DAY INFORMATION: Premium Election Customers:

Premium Election Products (API, APEO-FTP, ANPA-FTP, DNE Elections) will have live zeros by 2 a.m. EST, Election

Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (1-2 p.m. EST), there will be a “live” (non-test) transmission of reports with zeros sent to AP Newsroom and Webfeeds.

Please pull in these live zero reports to clear your systems of test data.

DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN STATE SLUGS:

“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” contains race-wide results in summary format for contests AP considers editorially significant. For this election, those races are US Senate, US House, and Meas-1-EthicsComm, Meas-2-RedefQualElec and Meas-3-YesLegMerij.

“Glance” reports include summary results for one or more races with similar characteristics, such as Ballot Measures (Meas-Glance-Sum) and other statewide races (OthState-Glance-Sum).

“Cnty” provides results in tabular format by county for a race. For this election those races are: US Senate, US House District 1, and Meas-1-EthicsComm, Meas-2-RedefQualElec and Meas-3-YesLegMerij.

“CntyLong” provides results in summary format by county for a race. For this election those races are: US Senate, US House District 1, and Meas-1-EthicsComm, Meas-2-RedefQualElec and Meas-3-YesLegMerij.

“Winners” lists winners of all contested and uncontested races.

“Contested” provides results in summary format for contested legislative races.

“Trend” tables show the balance of power between political parties in a state legislative bodies and Congressional delegation.

ELECTION NIGHT SLUGS BY SERVICE / ELECTION NIGHT REPORT SCHEDULE

Here are the slugs for the reports AP will provide and approximate times they will move for each service on election night:

Premium Elections Results via Digital Feeds (API, ANPA-FTP, APEO-FTP, DNE Elections): Results are updated every three minutes for API/DNE and four to five minutes for APEO-FTP and ANPA-FTP.

ND-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

ND-OthState-Glance-Sum

ND-Meas-Glance-Sum

ND-StSen-Contested

ND-StHou-Contested

ND-Senate-Cnty

ND-House-1-Cnty

ND-Meas-1-EthicsComm-Cnty

ND-Meas-2-RedefQualElec-Cnty

ND-Meas-3-YesLegMarij-Cnty

ND-Senate-CntyLong

ND-House-1-CntyLong

ND-Meas-1-EthicsComm-CntyLong

ND-Meas-2-RedefQualElec-CntyLong

ND-Meas-3-YesLegMarij-CntyLong

ND-StSen-Trend

ND-StHou-Trend

Member Choice Basic / Member Choice Plus / Member Choice Complete, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

NOTE: The AP will post elected bulletins for select top and statewide races.

BC-ND-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

BC-ND-OthState-Glance-Sum, every hour at :10

BC-ND-Meas-Glance-Sum, every hour at :10

BC-ND-StSen-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40

BC-ND-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

BC-ND-Senate-Cnty, every hour at :50

BC-ND-House-1-Cnty, once at 10:50 p.m. and again at 01:50 a.m.

BC-ND-Meas-1-EthicsComm-Cnty, once at 10:50 p.m. and again at 01:50 a.m.

BC-ND-Meas-2-RedefQualElec-Cnty, once at 10:50 p.m. and again at 01:50 a.m.

BC-ND- Meas-3-YesLegMarij-Cnty, once at 10:50 p.m. and again at 01:50 a.m.

BC-ND-StSen-Trend, every hour at :40

BC-ND-StHou-Trend, every hour at :40

OpenWire / NewsPower / Newspower Max, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

NOTE: The AP will post elected bulletins for select top and statewide races.

AP-ND-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

AP-ND-OthState-Glance-Sum, every hour at :10

AP-ND-Meas-Glance-Sum, every hour at :10

AP-ND-StSen-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40

AP-ND-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

AP-ND-StSen-Trend, every hour at :40

AP-ND-StHou-Trend, every hour at :40

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-HD-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes starting at :50

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