- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

EDITORS:

NEWS DIRECTORS:

Florida general election will be on Nov. 4, 2014. Testing of the AP’s election night reporting system starts on Monday, Oct. 6 from 1-2 p.m. EDT.

-Poll Closing: 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT

-Election Night Results: First returns are expected before 7:30 p.m.

-Race calls: AP will make race calls election night, unless they are too close to call. Race calls will also be made during testing, except on the last day of testing,

Race call alerts for U.S. House races and races in the Top Races Glance can be found on WebFeeds and on print and broadcast services, in the following format:

BC-ST-OFFICE-elected,100

DATE TIME,,

BULLETIN (AP) - CANDIDATE NAME, CANDIDATE PARTY, elected OFFICE, STATE.

-Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. A list of races, FL-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/FL/anpa/ and to state news and broadcast services after the last polls close.

-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 FL- Winners at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/FL/anpa/. There will be no winners list sent during the last day of testing.

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

ELECTION PROFILE

-The following races will be tabulated on election night:

-Statewide: Governor, Comptroller, Secretary of State, Attorney General

-Federal: U.S. House

-State Legislature: State Senate and State House

-Amendments: 1-Conservation, 2-Medical Marijuana, 3-Judicial Vacancies.

-Court Races: District Court retention elections, Circuit Court runoff elections

ELECTION ANOMALIES

-Because Florida is in two time zones calls for statewide races and amendments, or any race not wholly located in the Eastern Time Zone will not be called until all polls are closed in the state.

TESTING SCHEDULE

-Testing for the general election is scheduled from 1-2 p.m. Eastern on the following days:

- Oct. 6, 8, 10 (Mon-Wed-Fri)

- Oct. 13, 15, 17 (Mon-Wed-Fri)

- Oct. 20, 22, 24 (Mon-Wed-Fri)

- Oct. 27, 29, 31 (Mon-Wed-Fri)

- LAST ELECTION TEST - Nov. 3 (Monday from 1-2 p.m. EDT)

-There will be a live zero transmission from 1-2 p.m. EDT on election day.

-One or more transmissions of zeros will be made following the regular testing on the eve of the election, Monday, Nov. 3.

-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.

-Races and Candidates: Races and candidates are considered final. AP will advise of any changes.

TESTING BASICS

-During the test period, it is vital to read daily testing advisories, which move to premium subscribers’ FTP folders and to news service advisory queues. Advisories will note updates to reports, 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 election test immediately preceding Election Day. Ensure you have the latest updates and that reports 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 reports are updated on every five-to-seven minutes to digital services.

-Test 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, replicated or posted on websites.

-Race calls will be made during testing, except on the last day of testing, .

-All reports 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 for multi-county races that Member Choice subscribers see during the hour long tests will move to that service twice during election night, once before and once after midnight. 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.

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

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS

-Direct questions about election reports and testing to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org.

-Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Terry Spencer, phone (305) 594-5825;

email tspencer@ap.org

CONTACTS - TECHNICAL

-Direct questions about AP Elections Online delivery to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or apcustomersupport@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 Jim Baltzelle, phone (305)

594-5825; email jbaltzelle@ap.org

-TV members should contact Regional Television Executive Bob Young, phone (770) 518-9511; email byoung@ap.org

-Large-market radio members should contact Sales Executive John Harris, phone (704) 358-1943; email jharris@ap.org

-Small-market radio members should contact Starr Talley, phone (202) 641-9057; email stalley@ap.org

DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN SLUGS

-“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” includes total of number precincts reporting, the candidates’ names, their vote tallies and the percentage precincts reporting at that point for Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, Agricultural Commissioner, and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

-“Cnty” gives vote totals in tabular format by county for each candidate in these contested races: Governor, U.S House and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

-“Contested” gives vote summaries by office type for these contested races: U.S. House, state Senate and state House.

- “Glance” reports, packaged by office type, gives summaries by race for these races: District Court retention elections and Circuit Court runoff elections.

-“Reg-Geo” gives vote totals by county for each candidate by geographic region in table format for these races: Governor and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

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-“Reo-GeoLong” gives vote total by county for each candidate by geographic region in text format for these races: Governor and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

-“CntyLong” gives vote summaries for each candidate for president in a county by county, long format for the following races: contested U.S. House races in more than one county, Governor, and Amendment 2-Medical Marijuana.

-State Trend tables - summarizing balance of power / trend data — will be provided for U.S. House, state Senate and state House.

ELECTION NIGHT SLUGS BY SERVICE

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

PREMIUM

-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-Cnty

-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-CntyLong-3-Takes

-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-Reg-Geo-Long

-FL-Amend-All

-FL-CktJdg-Glance-Sum

-FL-DistCt-Glance-Sum

-FL-Gov-Cnty-2-Takes

-FL-Gov-CntyLong-3-Takes

-FL-Gov-Reg-Geo-Long

-FL-Gov-Reg-Geo-Sum-2-Takes

-FL-House-10-Cnty

-FL-House-10-CntyLong

-FL-House-11-Cnty

-FL-House-11-CntyLong

-FL-House-15-Cnty

-FL-House-15-CntyLong

-FL-House-16-Cnty

-FL-House-16-CntyLong

-FL-House-17-Cnty

-FL-House-17-CntyLong

-FL-House-18-Cnty

-FL-House-18-CntyLong

-FL-House-19-Cnty

-FL-House-19-CntyLong

-FL-House-1-Cnty

-FL-House-1-CntyLong

-FL-House-20-Cnty

-FL-House-20-CntyLong

-FL-House-22-Cnty

-FL-House-22-CntyLong

-FL-House-23-Cnty

-FL-House-23-CntyLong

-FL-House-24-Cnty

-FL-House-24-CntyLong

-FL-House-26-Cnty

-FL-House-26-CntyLong

-FL-House-2-Cnty

-FL-House-2-CntyLong

-FL-House-3-Cnty

-FL-House-3-CntyLong

-FL-House-4-CntyLong

-FL-House-5-Cnty

-FL-House-5-CntyLong

-FL-House-6-Cnty

-FL-House-6-CntyLong

-FL-House-7-Cnty

-FL-House-7-CntyLong

-FL-House-8-Cnty

-FL-House-8-CntyLong

-FL-House-9-Cnty

-FL-House-Contested

-FL-House-Trend

-FL-StHou-Contested-2-Takes

-FL-StHou-Trend

-FL-StSen-Contested

-FL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

-FL-Uncontested

-FL-Winners

MEMBERS CHOICE

-BC-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-Cnty (even numbered hours at :40)

-BC-FL-Amend-All (hourly at :10)

-BC-FL-CktJdg-Glance-Sum (hourly at :45)

-BC-FL-DistCt-Glance-Sum (hourly at :45)

-BC-FL-Gov-Cnty-2-Takes (odd numbered hours at :50)

-BC-FL-House-10-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:05)

-BC-FL-House-11-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:10)

-BC-FL-House-15-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:10)

-BC-FL-House-16-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:10)

-BC-FL-House-17-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:10)

-BC-FL-House-18-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:10)

-BC-FL-House-19-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:15)

-BC-FL-House-1-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:00)

-BC-FL-House-20-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:15)

-BC-FL-House-22-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:15)

-BC-FL-House-23-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:15)

-BC-FL-House-24-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:20)

-BC-FL-House-26-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:20)

-BC-FL-House-2-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:00)

-BC-FL-House-3-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:00)

-BC-FL-House-4-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:00)

-BC-FL-House-5-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:00)

-BC-FL-House-6-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:05)

-BC-FL-House-7-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:05)

-BC-FL-House-8-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:05)

-BC-FL-House-9-Cnty (once during the evening at 00:05)

-BC-FL-House-Contested (hourly at :40)

-BC-FL-House-Trend (hourly at :40)

-BC-FL-StHou-Contested-2-Takes (odd numbered hours at :45)

-BC-FL-StHou-Trend (hourly at :40)

-BC-FL-StSen-Contested (even numbered hours at :40)

-BC-FL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum (twice hourly at :20 and :50)

-BC-FL-Uncontested (once at the start of the evening)

-BC-FL-Winners (once at the end of the evening)

NEWSPOWER

-AP-FL-Amend-2-MedMarij-Cnty (even numbered hours at :40)

-AP-FL-Amend-All (hourly at :10)

-AP-FL-CktJdg-Glance-Sum (once during the evening at 22:45)

-AP-FL-DistCt-Glance-Sum (once during the evening at 22:45)

-AP-FL-House-Trend (hourly at :40)

-AP-FL-StHou-Contested-2-Takes (odd numbered hours at :45)

-AP-FL-StHou-Trend (hourly at :40)

-AP-FL-StSen-Contested (even numbered hours at :40)

-AP-FL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum (twice hourly at :20 and :50)

-AP-FL-Uncontested (once at the start of the evening)

-AP-FL-Winners (once at the end of the evening)

HEADLINES

-AP-FL-TopRaces-Glance-Sum (hourly at :50)

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