- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - NOT FOR BROADCAST, PUBLICATION OR USE ONLINE The MISSISSIPPI general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

EDITORS

NEWS DIRECTOR

Poll Close:

Start of Testing: Test Times:

Test Dates:

8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. CST Local Time Zone

Monday, Oct. 12

1-2 p.m. Eastern, 12-1 p.m. Central, on all testing days. October 12, 14, 15 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) October 19, 21, 22 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) October 26, 28, 29 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) November 2 (Monday)

UPDATES: Oct. 12:

-Attorney General added to “TopRaces-Glance-Sum”.

-“OthDistricts-Glance-Sum” includes a district 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: Public Service Commissioner Central, Public Service Commissioner Southern, Public Service Commissioner Northern, Transportation Commissioner Central, Transportation Commissioner Southern, Transportation Commissioner Northern.

-This advisory will be updated throughout the testing period. AP Exchange search criteria for one state and for multiple states:

(apgeography_name=”State”) AND category=”v” AND slug=”Election Testing”

(apgeography_name=”State” OR apgeography_name=”State”) AND category=”v” AND slug=”Election Testing”

-Zeros will be transmitted after testing on the eve of the election, Monday, Nov. 2.

-There will be a live zero transmission from 1-2 p.m. Eastern, 12-1 p.m. Central, on Election Day.

-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, Monday, Nov. 2.

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

-Statewide and race-specific precinct totals in early tests are preliminary. AP will advise when precinct totals are updated and final for election night.

-Uncontested races: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. A list of races, MS-Uncontested, will move to premium service subscribers at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/MS/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, MS-Winners will move to premium services at ftp://electionsonline.ap.org/MS/anpa/.

-End of tabulation: AP will advise when its election night tabulation of results has concluded, generally before 6 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Central, the day after the election.

ELECTION ANOMALIES: SCHOOL FUNDING PROPOSALS

Initiative 42 got on the ballot through a citizen petition process. It says: “Should the state be required to provide for the support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools?”

Measure 42-A was put on the ballot as an alternative by legislators who oppose 42. It says: “Should the Legislature provide for the establishment and support of effective free public schools without judicial enforcement?” The ballot has a two-part voting process. The first vote is either to accept one of the proposals or to reject them both. The second vote is to choose between 42 and 42-A.

Passing one of the proposals requires two things:

- On the accept/reject question, a majority vote is needed for accept.

- On the second part, one of the proposals must receive at least 40 percent of the total number of votes cast in that day’s election.

ELECTION PROFILE: Mississippi on Nov. 3 will elect eight statewide officials, six regional officials and 174 legislators. Two school funding proposals are also on the ballot.

STATEWIDE OFFICES

Governor- Republican Phil Bryant seeks a second term. He is challenged by Democrat Robert Gray, a truck driver running a low-budget campaign; and the Reform Party’s Shawn O’Hara, who has run unsuccessfully for several offices the past two decades.

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 daily advisories during the testing period. Advisories move to premium subscribers’ FTP folders and news service advisory queues. Advisories will note updates to reports affecting candidates, races, precinct totals, etc., and will indicate the date when the updates will appear. Changes may be made up to Election Day.

-Capture each test during the testing period, including the day before the election. Confirm (1) you have the latest updates, (2) reports include votes for each candidate in each race, and for digital users (3) every race goes to 100 percent of precincts reporting, unless otherwise noted in an advisory.

-All reports move to news and broadcast services in each test. Frequency of test reports may not reflect the election night schedule detailed below. For example, county tables for contested U.S. House races move to Member Choice subscribers in each hour-long test, but will move just twice on election night. Premium service subscribers should note schedules for their regular AP services and for FTP folders.

CONTACTS - ELECTION REPORTS

-Direct questions about election reports, testing, or delivery to the AP Elections Online service to AP Customer Support at (877) 836-9477 or [email protected]

-Documentation for the AP Elections Online service is available at https://apdigitalsupport.ap.org.

-Direct questions about news and photo coverage to News Editor Jim Van Anglen, phone (334) 262-5947; email

[email protected]

CONTACTS - SERVICE CHANGES

-Members and customers interested in our premium election services should contact Sales planning Manager Tara

Mahoney, phone (212) 6211759, email [email protected] DEFINITIONS OF KEY WORDS IN SLUGS

-“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” includes summary results (precincts reporting, and candidate names and vote tallies) for the following races: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer, Amendment - Education Funding, Amendment - Education Funding Alternative.

- “OthDistricts-Glance-Sum” includes a district 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: Public Service Commissioner Central, Public Service Commissioner Southern, Public Service Commissioner Northern, Transportation Commissioner Central, Transportation Commissioner Southern, Transportation Commissioner Northern.

-“Trend” summarizes state Senate, state House balance of power / trend data for the 2015 General Election.

-“Contested” lists include vote summaries for contested legislative races for: state senate and state house

-“Cnty” gives votes for each candidate and precincts reporting by county in tabular format for the following races: Governor

-“CntyLong” provides vote summaries by county, giving the total precincts reporting, and candidates with their vote tallies for the following races: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner and Insurance Commissioner.

ELECTION NIGHT SLUGS BY SERVICE

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

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

-Results are updated every five to seven minutes for the following reports: BC-MS-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

BC-MS-OthDist-Glance-Sum

BC-MS-StSen-Contested BC-MS-StHou-Contested BC-MS-StSen-Trend

BC-MS-StHou-Trend

BC-MS-Gov-Cnty

BC-MS-Gov-CntyLong BC-MS-LtGov-CntyLong BC-MS-SecSt-CntyLong BC-MS-AtyGen-CntyLong BC-MS-Aud-CntyLong

BC-MS-Treas-CntyLong

BC-MS-AgCom-CntyLong

WEBFEEDS/APEXCHANGE/OPENWIRE/NEWSPOWER MAX/MEMBER CHOICE COMPLETED/LIMITED

MEMBER CHOICE TOP NEWS/MEMBER CHOICE LIMITED/MEMBER CHOICE COMPLETE BC-MS-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :20

BC-MS-OthDist-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :10

BC-MS-StSen-Trend, every 60 minutes at :40

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

BC-MS-StSen-Contested, even number hours at :40

BC-MS-StHou-Contested, odd number hours at :45

BC-MS-Dem-Gov-Cnty, odd number hours at :50

OPENWIRE/NEWSPOWER/NEWSPOWER MAX

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

BC-MS-OthDist-Glance-Sum, every 30 minutes starting at :10

BC-MS-StSen-Trend, every 60 minutes at :40

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

BC-MS-StSen-Contested, even number hours at :40

BC-MS-StHou-Contested, odd number hours at :45

HEADLINES

BC-MS-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, every 60 minutes starting at :50

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