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BC-WI—Wisconsin General Election Testing, Advisory, ADVISORY

March 11, 2019

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The WISCONSIN spring general election is Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Poll Close: 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CT

First Results Expected: 9:15 p.m. EST/ 8:15 p.m. CT

ELECTION PROFILE:

The Associated Press will tabulate the contested race for Supreme Court and the state Assembly 64 primary. Both races are contained in the Top Races glance.

ANOMALIES:

None.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS:

Direct any questions about election reports, testing, or delivery to AP Elections services to AP Customer Support at 877836-9477 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 News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@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 March 18. AP will be testing Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 EST/12:30-1:30 CT.

Last election test is on Monday, April 1. No winners will be called during the last test.

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 a race call 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 preliminary. AP will advise when they are final.

Statewide and race-specific precinct totals in early tests are considered preliminary.

Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. No uncontested list will be sent 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, WI-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/WI/anpa/.

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

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/ 12 -1 p.m. CT), there will be a “live” (nontest) 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.

“Cnty” provides results in tabular format by county for a race.

“CntyLong” provides results in summary format by county for a race.

“Winners” lists winners of all contested and uncontested 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.

WI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

WI-SuprCt-Cnty

WI-SuprCt-CntyLong

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

WI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice an hour at :20, :50.

WI-SuprCt-Cnty, twice a night at 22:50, 1:50.

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

WI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, twice an hour at :20, :50.

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

WI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, hourly at :50.

The AP, Milwaukee