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AP-LA--Louisiana General Election Testing,ADVISORY, LA

December 3, 2018

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The LOUISIANA general election is Saturday, Dec. 8.

Poll close: 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST)

First results expected: 9:03 p.m. EST (8:03 CST)

ELECTION PROFILE:

The AP is tabulating 2 races in this election: Secretary of State and the state representative in District 90. There are no uncontested races.

ANOMALIES:

The Louisiana jurisdictions reporting the election results are parishes. The “Cnty” abbreviation used for reports herein refers to parishes.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS:

Direct any questions about election reports, testing, or delivery to AP Elections services to AP Customer Support at 877-836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.

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

Direct questions about news and photo coverage to Deep South Writer Rebecca Santana, phone (504) 523-3931; email: rsantana@ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES:

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

TESTING INFORMATION:

Testing begins on Nov. 26.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Nov. 26, 28, 29 - 3-4 p.m. (2-3 p.m. CDT)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Dec. 3, 5, 6 - 3-4 p.m. (2-3 p.m. CDT)

Last election test is on Thursday, Dec. 6. No winners will be called during the last test.

This advisory may be updated throughout the testing period.

Zeros will be transmitted on the eve of the election (Friday, Dec. 7).

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 and candidates are considered final.

Statewide and race-specific precinct totals are considered final.

Uncontested races: There are no uncontested races for this election.

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, LA-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/LA/anpa/.

End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded, generally before 6 p.m. CST 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, parish tables for the Secretary of State race may move to Member Choice subscribers during each hour of a test, but will move only twice on election night.

SEARCH CRITERIA FOR ELECTION TESTING ADVISORIES:

AP NEWSROOM:

Single State Search: geography:“Louisiana” 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” transmission of reports with zeros sent to AP Newsroom and Webfeeds.

Please capture 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 the contests AP is covering.

“Cnty” provides results in tabular format by parish for the Secretary of State race.

“CntyLong” provides results in summary format by parish for the Secretary of State race.

“Winners” lists winners of all contested races.

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.

LA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

LA-SecSt-Cnty

LA-SecSt-CntyLong

LA-Winners

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

BC-LA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly from 20:20 at :20 and :50

BC-LA-SecSt-Cnty, Twice at 20:20 and 00:20

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

AP-LA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice hourly from 20:20 at :20 and :50

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-LA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once hourly from 20:50 at :50

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