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AP-AR--Arkansas General Election Testing,ADVISORY, AR

October 9, 2018

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The ARKANSAS general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Poll Close: 7:30 p.m. CST, 8:30 p.m. EST

First Results Expected: 7:40 p.m. CST, 8:40 p.m. EST

UPDATES:

—10/9/2018 Removed Issue 1 from active and contested races.

—10/9/2018 Updated the names and descriptions of Ballot Issues 2, 3 and 4.

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

ELECTION PROFILE:

Arkansas is a solidly red state that easily went for President Donald Trump two years ago, but the election features a surprisingly competitive bid by Democrats to flip a Little Rock-area congressional seat.

Clarke Tucker, a state representative from Little Rock, is trying to unseat Republican Rep. French Hill in the 2nd Congressional District covering seven central Arkansas counties. Hill has far more campaign cash on hand, but Tucker has tried to keep the focus on health care and regularly talks about his fight against bladder cancer. The state’s other three Republican congressmen also face longshot challenges from Democrats in their districts.

Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson is fending off a challenge from David Sterling, a Department of Human Services attorney, in a race that drew heavy spending earlier this year from outside conservative groups. The state Supreme Court seats are non-partisan.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is being challenged in his re-election bid by Democratic nominee Jared Henderson.

Arkansas voters will also decide on five ballot measures, most of which have been the focus of court challenges. A proposal backed by business groups would cap damages awarded in civil lawsuits, and give the Legislature control over court rules. The ballot will also include a proposed amendment on voter photo ID. A proposed constitutional amendment would impose the strictest term limits in the country on Arkansas’ legislators. Another would legalize four casinos in Arkansas, including at a dog track and horse track that already offer electronic gambling. Also on the ballot is a proposal that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2021.

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 Kim Johnson, kjohnson@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 - 12-2 p.m. CDT (2 hours)

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

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

Local Time

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

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

.Monday, Nov. 5 - 10-2 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, AR-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/AR/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, AR-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/AR/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:“Arkansas” AND (category:v OR category:n) AND slug:“Election Testing”

Multi-State Search: geography:(“Arkansas” 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 1 a.m. CST, Election

Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (12-1 p.m. CST), 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 House 2, Governor, Supreme Court Position 3, Issue 2 - Voter ID, Issue 5 - Increase Minimum Wage.

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

“Cnty” provides results in tabular format by county for a race. For this election those races are: US House Districts 1-4, Governor and Supreme Court Position 3.

“CntyLong” provides results in summary format by county for a race. US House Districts 1-4, Governor and Supreme Court Position 3.

“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.

AR-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

AR-House-Contested

AR-OthState-Glance-Sum

AR-Issues-Glance-Sum

AR-Courts-Glance-Sum

AR-StSen-Contested

AR-StHou-Contested

AR-House-1-Cnty

AR-House-2-Cnty

AR-House-3-Cnty

AR-House-4-Cnty

AR-Gov-Cnty

AR-SuprCt-Cnty

AR-House-1-CntyLong

AR-House-2-CntyLong

AR-House-3-CntyLong

AR-House-4-CntyLong

AR-SuprCt-CntyLong

AR-Gov-CntyLong

AR-House-Trend

AR-StSen-Trend

AR-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-AR-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :50

BC-AR-House-Contested, every hour at :40

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

BC-AR-Issues-Glance-Sum, every hour at :10

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

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

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

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

BC-AR-House-2-Cnty, once at 10:50 p.m. and again at 01:50 a.m.

BC-AR-House-3-Cnty, once at 10:50 p.m. and again at 01:50 a.m.

BC-AR-House-4-Cnty, once at 10:50 p.m. and again at 01:50 a.m.

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

BC-AR-SuprCt-Cnty, once at 10:50 p.m. and again at 01:50 a.m.

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

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

BC-AR-House-Trend, every hour at :40

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

BC-AR-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-AR-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :50

AP-AR-House-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40

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

AP-AR-Issues-Glance-Sum, every hour at :10

AP-AR-Courts-Glance-Sum, once at 10:45 p.m.

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

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

AP-AR-House-Trend, every hour at :40

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

AP-AR-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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