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The OHIO Special general election is Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Poll Close: 7:30 p.m. ET

First Results Expected: 7:45 p.m. ET

UPDATE:

8/7 Richland county, not Richmond county, changed precincts.

8/7 Precincts updated in Franklin county from 210 to 199 and Richmond county from 51 to 50. This change will be reflected in the zero test at 1 p.m. ET

8/2 Precincts and candidates are final.

7/31 Added Joe Manchik, Green party candidate, to the race.

ELECTION PROFILE:

The AP is tabulating the U.S. House 12 special general election. Seven counties comprise this district: Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum and Richland. The winner of this race finishes the term of former Congressman Pat Tiberi.

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 interim News Editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins, phone (614) 885-2727; email AWelsh@ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES:

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

TESTING INFORMATION:

July 23, 25, 26 (Mon., Wed., Th.) 3 - 4 p.m. EDT

July 30, July 31, Aug. 1 (Mon., Tues., Wed.) 3 - 4 p.m. EDT

Aug. 6 (Mon.-last election test) 3 - 4 p.m. EDT

LAST ELECTION TEST - NO WINNER 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 a race call on election night unless the 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. AP will advise when they are 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, OH-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/OH/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.

SEARCH CRITERIA FOR ELECTION TESTING ADVISORIES:

AP NEWSROOM:

Single State Search: geography:"Ohio" AND category:v AND slug:"Election Testing"

Multi-State Search: geography:("Ohio" OR "Michigan") AND category:v 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. ET, Election Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (1-2 p.m. ET), 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 the U.S. House 12 Special General race.

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

"CntyLong" provides results in summary format by county.

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.

BC-OH-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

BC-OH-House-12-Cnty

BC-OH-House-12-CntyLong

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

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

BC-OH-House-12-Cnty, hourly at :45

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

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

AP-OH-House-12-Cnty, hourly at :45

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-OH-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, hourly :50

The AP, Columbus