BC-AP-MI--Michigan General Election Testing,ADVISORY, AP

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

The Michigan general election will be on Nov. 6, 2012. Testing of the AP's election night reporting system will begin Monday, Oct. 1. Here are the details:

UPDATES:

Nov. 6 Michigan general election

—Poll closing: 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern

—Election night results: First returns are expected before 8:30 EST

—Race calls: AP will make race calls during testing and on election night. Race call alerts can be found on

Webfeeds and on the print and broadcast wires, in the following format:

BC-PC-Pres-elected

Date Time,,

BULLETIN (AP) — Candidate Name, Party, wins State.

BC-PC-House-nn-elected

Date Time,,

BULLETIN (AP) — Candidate Name, Party,elected U.S. House, District nn, State.

AP will make race calls election night in the following contested races, unless they are too close to call: US President, US House, State House, Supreme Court and Proposals.

—Uncontested races: AP will not tabulate uncontested races. A list of the races, PC-Uncontested, will move to premium services subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/PC/anpa/ and to state news and broadcast wires.

—Winners: AP will send a list of unofficial winners in called races at the end of its election night results tabulation. The winners list also will be sent during each test. Premium services subscribers will find MI- Winners at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/MI/anpa/.

—End of election night results tabulation: AP will advise when it has concluded tabulating results in its election night reporting system, which is generally at 5 p.m. local time the day after the election.

ELECTION PROFILE

President Obama won Michigan in 2008 and the state is leaning that way again. The state lost one

Congressional seat after redistricting and now consists of 14 seats.

ELECTION ANOMALIES

The State Senate races are not active during presidential years. Oakland County results will be reported proportionally.

TESTING SCHEDULE

—AP will test its election night reporting system from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern on these dates: Monday, Oct.

1; Wednesday, Oct. 3; Friday, Oct. 5; Monday, Oct. 8; Wednesday, Oct. 10; Friday, Oct. 12; Monday, Oct.

15; Wednesday, Oct. 18; Friday, Oct. 19; Monday, Oct. 22; Wednesday, Oct. 24; Friday, Oct. 26; Monday, Oct. 29; Wednesday, Oct. 31; Friday, Nov. 2; Monday, Nov. 5.

—There will be a test transmission from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Election Day, but it will only include zero vote totals.

—AP's national election night reporting system also will be tested during state testing. See national testing advisories for details: BC-US--General Election, Tests Advisory; AP-Election Testing APTV/Newspower Max Advisory; AP-Election Testing Newspower Advisory; AP-Election Testing Headlines Advisory.

—Precincts: Statewide and race-specific precinct totals used in initial testing are preliminary. AP will advise when precinct totals are updated and final for election night.

—Important note about AP WebFeeds: With the introduction of AP WebFeeds, it is imperative that customers validate the formatting of election tables sent to state and national newspaper wires during weekly tests. Direct questions to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or apcustomersupport(at)ap.org.

TESTING BASICS

—During the test period, it is vital to read daily testing advisories, which move to premium subscribers' FTP folders and to news and broadcast 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. Ensure you have the latest updates and that tables include votes for every candidate in every race and that every race goes to 100 percent of precincts reporting, unless otherwise noted in an advisory.

—All tables are reported on every five-to-seven minutes to digital services during testing and on election night.

—All tables will move to news and broadcast wires during each day's hour long test. Note that the frequency that reports run during tests may not reflect the election night schedule as detailed below. For example, county tables that Member Choice subscribers see during the hour long tests will move to that service only once after midnight on election night. Premium service subscribers should note the scheduled frequency of results that will move to their regular AP news and broadcast services, in addition to the results that will move to their FTP folders.

—Test table results have been 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.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS

—Direct questions about election tables and testing to regional Election Coordinator Liese Hutchison, phone

(314) 323-4618; email lhutchison(at)ap.org

—Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor David Aguilar, phone (313) 259-0650;

email daguilar(at)ap.org

CONTACTS - TECHNICAL

—Direct questions about AP Elections Online delivery to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or apcustomersupport(at)ap.org. Documentation for the service also can be found at http://apdigitalsupport.ap.org.

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES

—Print members interested in premium services should contact Chief of Bureau Eva Parziale, phone (614)

885-2727; email eparziale(at)ap.org

—TV members should contact Regional Television Executive John Turell, phone (202) 641-9043; email jturell(at)ap.org

—Large-market radio members should contact Sales Executive Chris Weis, phone (312) 621-1798; email cweis(at)ap.org

—Small-market radio members should contact Sales Executive Vance Koretos, phone (312) 621-8680;

email vkoretos(at)ap.org

DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN SLUGS

—"TopRaces-Glance-Sum" includes a statewide vote summary - giving the total number of precincts reporting, the candidates' names, their vote tallies and the percentage of the vote they have at that point - for these contested races: US President, US Senate, Special General US House 11, Supreme Court and Partial 2015 Supreme Court.

—"Contested" gives vote summaries by office type for these contested races: US House and State House.

—"Cnty" gives vote totals by county for each candidate for these contested races: US President and US Senate

—"Reg-Geo" gives vote totals by county for each candidate by geographic region for these contested races: US President

—"CntyLong" gives vote summaries for each candidate for these contested races in a county by county, long format: US President and US Senate.

—"Trend" tables show whether Democrats or Republicans are gaining or losing seats in a state's

Congressional delegation and the state House.

—"Props-Glance-Sum" includes a statewide vote summary — giving the total number of precincts reporting, the proposals' names, their vote tallies and the percentage of the vote each has at that point — for the 6 statewide proposals.

ELECTION NIGHT SLUGS BY SERVICE

—Here are the slugs for results tables in the races AP will be tabulating and the approximate times they will be moving each hour to digital feeds and various news/broadcast wires after polls close election night:

PREMIUM ELECTIONS RESULTS VIA DIGITAL FEEDS (ANPA-FTP, APEO-FTP, HOSTED)

—Results are updated every 5 to 7 minutes for the following reports:

—National election reports:

Presidential Reports (ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/Pres_reports/anpa): US-Pres-Sum (national President Sum, top candidates)

US-Pres-SumA (national President Sum, all candidates)

National Balance of Power reports (ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/Trend/anpa): US-Gov-Sum (national Governor balance of power)

US-Senate-Sum (national U.S. Senate balance of power) US-House-Sum (national U.S. House balance of power)

—State election reports:

BC-MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

BC-MI-House-Contested BC-MI-StHou-Contested BC-MI-Props-Glance-Sum BC-MI-Pres-CntyLong

BC-MI-Pres-Cnty

BC-MI-Senate-Cnty

BC-MI-Senate-CntyLomg

BC-MI-Pres-Reg-Geo BC-MI-House-Trend BC-MI-StHou-Trend

WEBFEEDS/APEXCHANGE:

MEMBER CHOICE COMPLETE/LIMITED

—National election reports, see:

BC-US--General Election Tests-Member Choice, Advisory

BC-US--General Election Tests-National Reports, Advisory

—State election reports

BC-MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

BC-MI-House-Contested, every 60 minutes at :40

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

BC-MI-Props-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes at :10

BC-MI-Pres-Cnty, every 60 minutes at :20

BC-MI-Senate-Cnty, every 60 minutes at :50

BC-MI-House-Trend, every 60 minutes at :40

BC-MI-StHou-Trend, every 60 minutes at :40

OPENWIRE/NEWSPOWER MAX

—National election reports, see: AP-Election Testing APTV/Newspower Max Advisory

—State election reports:

AP-MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

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

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

AP-MI-Props-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes at :10

AP-MI-House-Trend, every 60 minutes at :40

AP-MI-StHou-Trend, every 60 minutes at :40

NEWSPOWER

—National election reports, see: AP-Election Testing Newspower Advisory

—State election reports, see:

AP-MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

AP-MI-House-Contested, two times a night at 10:40 and 1:40

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

AP-MI-Props-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes at :10

AP-MI-House-Trend, every 60 minutes at :40

AP-MI-StHou-Trend, every 60 minutes at :40

HEADLINES

—National election reports, see: AP-Election Testing Headlines Advisory

—State election reports: AP-MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes starting at :50

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