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AP-MT--Montana General Election Testing,ADVISORY, MT

October 8, 2018

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The MONTANA general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Poll Close: 10 p.m. EST

First Results Expected: 10:08 p.m. EST

ELECTION PROFILE:

Montana’s General Election. Top Races include: US Senate, US House 1. Other races include: Referendums: 128 and

129, Ballot Issues 185 and 186, Supreme Clerk, Supreme Court Gustafson and Baker Retention. District Ct races, St

Senate and St House.

ANOMALIES:

The Associated Press uses proportional precincts in gauging the status of the vote count in Montana elections. On election night, we will report the percent of expected votes counted thus far in each race. We calculate this by taking the total votes cast so far and dividing it by the expected turnout in each county. Expected turnout for each county has been determined by weighing past turnout in elections, plus the Secretary of State’s and various counties’ anticipated turnout for this election.

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 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 Matt Volz at 406-442-7440 or mvolz@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 Oct. 8. AP will be testing on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. MDT (two hours) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-3 p.m. EDT, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. MDT (four hours).

Last election test is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11-3 p.m. EST, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. MST (four hours). 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 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: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. A list of races, MT-Uncontested, will move to premium

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

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 race-wide results in summary format for contests AP considers editorially significant. “Glance” reports include summary results for one or more races with similar characteristics, such as ballot measures

(Props-Glance-Sum) or court races (Courts-Glance-Sum). “Cnty” provides results in tabular format by county for a race. “CntyLong” provides results in summary format by county for a race.

“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.

“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.

BC-MT-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

BC-MT-Props-Glance-Sum

BC-MT-Courts-Glance-Sum, 2 Takes

BC-MT-PSC-Glance-Sum

BC-MT-StSen-Contested

BC-MT-StHou-Contested, 3 Takes

BC-MT-Senate-Cnty

BC-MT-House-1-Cnty

BC-MT-Ref-128ExtPubEdFund-Cnty BC-MT-Ref-129LmtBalltClctr-Cnty BC-MT-Init-185IncTobccoTax-Cnty BC-MT-Init-186MiningLimits-Cnty

BC-MT-SprClk-Cnty

BC-MT-SuprCt-#2Gustafson-Cnty

BC-MT-SuprCt-#4Baker-Cnty

BC-MT-Senate-CntyLong, 2 Takes

BC-MT-House-1-CntyLong, 2 Takes

BC-MT-Ref-128ExtPubEdFund-CntyLong, 2 Takes

BC-MT-Ref-129LmtBalltClctr-CntyLong, 2 Takes BC-MT-Init-185IncTobccoTax-CntyLong, 2 Takes BC-MT-Init-186MiningLimits-CntyLong, 2 Takes BC-MT-SprClk-CntyLong, 2 Takes

BC-MT-SuprCt-#2Gustafson-CntyLong, 2 Takes

BC-MT-SuprCt-#4Baker-CntyLong, 2 Takes

BC-MT-StSen-Trend BC-MT-StHou-Trend BC-MT-Uncontested BC-MT-Winners Elected Bulletins

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

NOTE: Elected bulletins for state Senate and state House have been suppressed and will not run during testing or on election night.

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

BC-MT-Props-Glance-Sum, once hourly at :10

BC-MT-Courts-Glance-Sum, 2 Takes, once hourly at :10

BC-MT-PSC-Glance-Sum, once hourly at :45

BC-MT-StSen-Contested, once every other hour at :40 (even hours)

BC-MT-StHou-Contested, 3 Takes, once every other hour at :45 (odd hours) BC-MT-Senate-Cnty, once hourly at :50

BC-MT-House-1-Cnty, once at 22:30 and once at 01:30

BC-MT-Ref-128ExtPubEdFund-Cnty, once at 22:30 and once at 01:30

BC-MT-Ref-129LmtBalltClctr-Cnty, once at 22:30 and once at 01:30

BC-MT-Init-185IncTobccoTax-Cnty, once at 22:30 and once at 01:30

BC-MT-Init-186MiningLimits-Cnty, once at 22:30 and once at 01:30

BC-MT-SprClk-Cnty, once at 22:35 and once at 01:35

BC-MT-SuprCt-#2Gustafson-Cnty, once at 22:35 and once at 01:35

BC-MT-SuprCt-#4Baker-Cnty, once at 22:35 and once at 01:35

BC-MT-StSen-Trend, once hourly at :40

BC-MT-StHou-Trend, once hourly at :40

BC-MT-Uncontested, once at poll close BC-MT-Winners, once at election end Elected Bulletins as they occur

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

NOTE: Elected bulletins for state Senate and state House have been suppressed and will not run during testing or on election night.

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

BC-MT-Props-Glance-Sum, once hourly at :10

BC-MT-Courts-Glance-Sum, 2 Takes, once hourly at :10

BC-MT-PSC-Glance-Sum, once at 22:45

BC-MT-StSen-Contested, once every other hour at :40 (even hours)

BC-MT-StHou-Contested, 3 Takes, once every other hour at :45 (odd hours) BC-MT-StSen-Trend, once hourly at :40

BC-MT-StHou-Trend, once hourly at :40

BC-MT-Uncontested, once at poll close BC-MT-Winners, once at election end Elected Bulletins as they occur

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

AP-MT-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, once hourly at :50

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