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Georgia General Election Testing Advisory

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EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE

The GEORGIA general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Poll close: 7:00 p.m. EST

First results expected: 7:31 p.m. EST

CONTACTS - TESTING, REPORTS, DELIVERY, COVERAGE, DOCUMENTATION, SERVICES:

Direct questions about election testing, reports or delivery to AP elections services to AP Customer Support at 877-836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org. Premium service details can be found in welcome letters.

Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Jim Van Anglen at 334-262-5947 or JVanAnglen@ap.org.

Documentation for AP Elections services is available at http://aphelp.ap.org.

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

UPDATES:

Oct. 13

A federal appeals court has reinstated the absentee ballot return deadline to Election Day Nov. 3, eliminating a previously extended deadline.

ELECTION PROFILE:

The AP will tabulate these contested races: President, U.S. Senate (Perdue), U.S. Senate (Isakson unexpired term), U.S. House Districts 1-14, Public Service Commission Districts 1 and 4, state Senate/House, 2 statewide constitutional amendments and 1 statewide referendum. This may be a more concise list of state races because of limitations brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

ANOMALIES:

Absentee ballots have increased exponentially as a response to the pandemic. Counties are likely to add to vote totals after election night.

All races with three or more candidates except President are subject to Georgia runoff rules. If no candidate wins 50% plus-one votes, the top two vote-getters advance to runoff on Dec. 1 for non-federal races and Jan.5, 2021 for federal races.

In U.S. House 14, the Democratic candidate, Kevin Van Ausdale was recently disqualified due to a residency issue. The state intends to tabulate Van Ausdale votes, if any, and the Associated Press will report those votes. Van Ausdale will be ineligible to win this race.

TESTING INFORMATION:

Testing begins Monday, Sept. 28

National testing will be from 1-6 p.m. EDT/EST, except on Wednesdays, when it will be from 1-3 p.m. EDT/EST. National testing will be from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST during studio rehearsals.

Here are Georgia-specific test times:

1-6 p.m. EDT/EST, Monday, Sept. 28; Tuesday, Oct. 6; Tuesday, Oct. 13; Tuesday, Oct. 20; Thursday, Oct. 22; Thursday, Oct. 29.

1-3 p.m. EDT/EST, Wednesdays, Sept. 30; Oct. 7; Oct. 14; Oct. 21; Oct. 28.

1-6 p.m. EDT/EST, Thursday, Oct. 1; Thursday, Oct. 8; Thursday, Oct. 15; Tuesday, Oct. 27; Monday, Nov. 2.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. EST, Studio rehearsals: Saturday, Oct. 24; Saturday, Oct. 31; Sunday, Nov. 1.

Test results are created electronically to test the accuracy of the election night reporting system. They should not be broadcast, published, replicated or posted on websites. Report frequency in testing may not reflect the actual election night schedule. For example, county tables for contested statewide races move to Member Choice subscribers in each test but move just twice election night.

This advisory will be updated throughout the testing period. Races, candidates and precincts are tentative with testing beginning Monday, Sept. 28.

Zeros will be transmitted after testing on the eve of the election, and again from 1-2 p.m. EST on Election Day.

Uncontested race list: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. GA-Uncontested will be transmitted after all polls close election night and during each test, except on the day of the final test.

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.

Winners: AP will move a list of unofficial winners, GA-Winners, at the end of tabulation and during each test, except on the final day of testing.

End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded.

ELECTION DAY

Premium Election Customers:

API, APEO-FTP, ANPA-FTP, DNE Elections will have zeros by 2 a.m. EST Election Day, as well as from 1-2 p.m. EST.

AP Newsroom Users:

On Election Day from 1-2 p.m. EDT, there will be a “live” (non-test) transmission of reports with zeros sent to AP Newsroom and Webfeeds. Pull in these live zero reports to clear your systems of test data.

STATE REPORTS:

Slug Definitions

“Sum” is a vote summary, showing the total number of precincts in the race, the number of precincts reporting, the percentage of precincts reporting, the candidates’ names, their vote totals and the percentage of the vote they have at that point.

“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” includes race-wide results in summary format for contests AP considers editorially significant: President, both U.S. Senate, and U.S. House Districts 6, 7 and 9.

“Contested” are vote summaries for these groups of contested races: U.S. House and state Senate/House.

“Trend” tables show whether Democrats or Republicans are gaining or losing seats in a state’s Congressional and state Senate/House.

“Cnty” shows the total number of precincts in the race, the total number of precincts in each county, the number of precincts reporting and the votes for each candidate by county, in summary format for the following races: President, both U.S. Senate and U.S. House Districts 1-14.

“CntyLong” are vote summaries listed by county showing the total number of precincts in the race, the total number of precincts in each county, the number of precincts reporting and the votes for each candidate by county for the following races: President, both U.S. Senate and U.S. House Districts 1-14.

“PSC-Glance-Sum” includes race-wide results in summary format for Public Service Commission Districts 1 and 4.

“Props-Glance-Sum” includes race-wide results in summary format for Constitutional Amendments 1 and 2, Referendum A.

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, Hosted): Results are updated every one to three minutes for API/DNE and four to five minutes for APEO-FTP and ANPA-FTP.

TopRaces-Glance-Sum

House-Contested

StSen-Contested

StHou-Contested

PSC-Glance-Sum

Props-Glance-Sum

House-Trend

StSen-Trend

StHou-Trend

Pres-Cnty

Pres-CntyLong

Sen-Cnty

Sen-CntyLong

Sen-Cnty

Sen-CntyLong

House-1-Cnty

House-1-CntyLong

House-2-Cnty

House-2-CntyLong

House-3-Cnty

House-3-CntyLong

House-4-Cnty

House-4-CntyLong

House-5-Cnty

House-5-CntyLong

House-6-Cnty

House-6-CntyLong

House-7-Cnty

House-7-CntyLong

House-8-Cnty

House-8-CntyLong

House-9-Cnty

House-9-CntyLong

House-10-Cnty

House-10-CntyLong

House-11-Cnty

House-11-CntyLong

House-12-Cnty

House-12-CntyLong

House-13-Cnty

House-13-CntyLong

House-14-Cnty

House-14-CntyLong

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

TopRaces-Glance-Sum, at :20 and :50

House-Contested, at :40

StSen-Contested, even hours at :40

StHou-Contested, odd hours at :45

PSC-Glance-Sum, at :10

Props-Glance-Sum, at :10

House-Trend, at :40

StSen-Trend, at :40

StHou-Trend, at :40

Pres-Cnty, at :20

Sen-Cnty , at :50

House-1-Cnty, twice at 10:10 p.m. and 1:10 a.m.

House-2-Cnty, twice at 10:10 p.m. and 1:10 a.m.

House-3-Cnty, twice at 10:10 p.m. and 1:10 a.m.

House-4-Cnty, twice at 10:15 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

House-5-Cnty, twice at 10:15 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

House-6-Cnty, twice at 10:15 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

House-7-Cnty, twice at 10:15 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

House-8-Cnty, twice at 10:25 p.m. and 1:25 a.m.

House-9-Cnty, twice at 10:25 p.m. and 1:25 a.m.

House-10-Cnty, twice at 10:25 p.m. and 1:25 a.m.

House-11-Cnty, twice at 10:25 p.m. and 1:25 a.m.

House-12-Cnty, twice at 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

House-13-Cnty, twice at 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

House-14-Cnty, twice at 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

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

TopRaces-Glance-Sum, at :20 and :50

House-Contested, even hours at :40

StSen-Contested, even hours at :40

StHou-Contested, odd hours at :45

PSC-Glance-Sum, at :10

Props-Glance-Sum, at :10

House-Trend, at :40

StSen-Trend, at :40

StHou-Trend, at :40

Headlines, includes Webfeeds and AP Newsroom:

TopRaces-Glance-Sum, at :50

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