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AP-AK--Alaska General Election Testing,ADVISORY, AK

October 10, 2018




The ALASKA general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Poll Close: 8 and 9 p.m. AKST, 12 and 1 a.m. EST

First Results Expected: 9:05 p.m. AKST, 1:05 a.m. EST


—10/10/2018 Changed candidates listed as Unaffiliated to Undeclared. Those candidates are: Alyse Galvin (US House), Bill Walker (Gov), Sam Cason (StSen K), Stephany Jeffers (StHou 12), Chris Dimond (StHou 33) and Dan Ortiz (StHou 36).

—10/9/2018 Removed the “Issues-Glance-Sum” report from all destinations and instead added the one active ballot issue (Meas1-Protect Wild Salmon and Fish) to the Top Races Glance.

—10/2/2018 Removed section about testing search criteria that is no longer needed.


—HOUSE: Don Young, the longest serving Republican in Congress, faces a challenge from education advocate Alyse Galvin, who is hoping to ride the wave of female candidates trying to storm Washington, D.C. Galvin is an independent who won the Alaska Democratic Primary after the party opened-up its elections to independents.

—GOVERNOR: Alaska’s next governor will emerge from a unique three-way race, with incumbent independent Gov. Bill Walker fighting off challenges from former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, and Mike Dunleavy, a former Republican state senator. Begich stayed in the race after there were calls from inside his own party for him to step down, fearful that he and Walker will split the vote and hand the election to Dunleavy. Walker, a Republican-turned-independent, defeated the incumbent Republican for the governorship four years ago with Democratic support.


—Alaska has one statewide congressional district and 40 legislative districts. AP reports the statewide vote totals as one county Reporting Unit. AP will report the number of total precincts reporting out of the number of total precincts in the at large state district.

—District 99 accounts for the 442nd precinct. This precinct is dedicated to separate and report the results from voters who are eligible to vote on a federal-only absentee ballot. Absentee ballots tabulated from Federal Only voters will be included in the additional precinct within the election summary results.

—Absentee votes received prior to Election Day are now tabulated and released by the Department of Elections on Election night. Alaska’s Regional Elections offices are expected to conduct the second count of absentee ballots on the 7th day following the election. They will then count again on the 10th day following the election. The statutory deadline for receiving and counting official absentee ballots is 15 days following the election.


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.


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 Mark Thiessen, phone 907-272-7549 ext. 4211; email mthiessen@ap.org.


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


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 - 9-11 a.m. AKDT (2 hours)

.Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Nov. 7-11 a.m. AKDT (4 hours)

.Monday, Nov. 5 - 7-11 a.m. AKST - LAST ELECTION TEST(asterisk) (4 hours)


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, AK-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/AK/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, AK-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/AK/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.


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.

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


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.


“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” contains race-wide results in summary format for contests AP considers editorially significant. For this election, those races are US House 1, Governor and Meas 1 - Protect Wild Salmon and Fish.

“Cnty” provides results in tabular format by county for a race. For this election, that includes US House 1 and Governor.

“CntyLong” provides results in summary format by county for a race. For this election, that includes US House 1 and Governor.

“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.


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.











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

BC-AK-Courts-Glance-Sum, every hour at :45

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

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

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

BC-AK-Gov-Cnty, odd numbered hours at :50

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

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

AP-AK-Courts-Glance-Sum, once at 10:45

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

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

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

AP-AK-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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