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BC-VA--Virginia Primary Election Testing, Advisory, VA

May 23, 2019

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The VIRGINIA PRIMARY ELECTION is Tuesday, June 11.

Poll Close: 7 p.m. EDT

First Results Expected: 7:13 p.m. EDT

ELECTION PROFILE:

The 2019 Virginia state primary has a total of 35 contested races for state Senate and state House of Delegates. There are Democratic and Republican primaries for 16 state Senate seats and 19 state House seats. Not all district seats are on the ballot this year, and there are no statewide races. There are no uncontested races being tabulated.

ANOMALIES:

There are no uncontested races on the ballot.

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 News Editor Steve McMillan at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES:

Members and customers interested in premium election services should contact their sales rep or Customer Support at 877-836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.

TESTING INFORMATION:

Testing for the state primary is scheduled from 1-2 p.m. EDT on the following days:

NO testing on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27

May 28, 29, 30 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

June 3, 5, 6 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)

June 10 (Monday)

There will be a test transmission from 1-2 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 10, but it will only include zero vote totals. No winners will be called during this 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 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 preliminary. AP will advise when they are final.

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

Uncontested races: None

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, VA-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/VA/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. They do not reflect an expectation of election night results. They should not be broadcast, published or replicated on websites.

It is vital to read daily testing advisories, which move to premium subscribers’ FTP folders and to news wire advisory queues. Advisories will note updates to tables, including changes to candidates, races, precinct totals, etc., and will indicate the test date when noted updates will appear. Databases can change up to Election Day.

Capture each day’s test during the test period, including the Monday test immediately preceding the Tuesday election to ensure readiness to take results on Election Day.

Report frequency in testing may not reflect the actual election night schedule. Tables scheduled to be reported to the news wires on even hours will be seen during the first hour of testing. Tables scheduled to be reported on odd hours will be seen during the second hour of 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. EDT Election Day.

AP Newsroom and Webfeeds Users:

On Election Day from (1-2 p.m. EST), 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 racewide results in summary format for contests AP considers editorially significant:

Dem Senate districts 16 and 35, GOP Senate district 24, Dem House district 50, and GOP House district 28.

“Contested” provides results in summary format for contested legislative 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 one to three minutes for API/DNE and four to five minutes for APEO-FTP and ANPA-FTP.

BC-VA-TopRacesGlance-Sum

BC-VA-Dem-StHou-Contested

BC-VA-GOP-StHou-Contested

BC-VA-Dem-StSen-Contested

BC-VA-GOP-StSen-Contested

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

BC-VA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes at :20 and :50.

BC-VA-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

BC-VA-GOP-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

BC-VA-Dem-StSen-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40

BC-VA-GOP-StSen-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40

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

AP-VA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes at :20 and :50

AP-VA-Dem-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

AP-VA-GOP-StHou-Contested, odd-numbered hours at :45

AP-VA-Dem-StSen-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40

AP-VA-GOP-StSen-Contested, even-numbered hours at :40

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-VA-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once an hour at :50

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