Michigan General Election Testing, Advisory

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The Michigan general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Polls close: 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST (7 and 8 p.m. CST)

First results expected: 8:05 p.m. EST (7:05 CST)

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UPDATES:

9/25 – Added national testing information.

9/25 – Expanded the election profile.

ELECTION PROFILE:

The AP will tabulate more than 120 contested races, including president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state House, Supreme Court and two ballot proposals.

Michigan is a key battleground in the presidential election, four years after Donald Trump became the first Republican nominee to win it in 28 years on his way to the White House. His victory – by about two-tenths of a percentage point — was his narrowest. Joe Biden is eager to reclaim the former “blue wall” state two years after voters swept Democrats into top offices in the midterm election.

There also is a competitive race for U.S. Senate between first-term Sen. Gary Peters, a Democrat, and Republican challenger John James, a Black combat veteran and businessman. Republicans who control the Senate, while trying to protect incumbents in many other top races, see Michigan as a place to go on offense. Democrats likely cannot afford to lose this race if they are to retake the majority. Historically, Michigan Republicans have struggled in Senate races, but James has generated excitement.

The election features four competitive U.S. House contests. First-term Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens, both Democrats, are seeking to keep districts they flipped in 2018. Stevens’ 11th District includes parts of Oakland and Wayne counties in suburban Detroit. Slotkin’s 8th District stretches between the Lansing area and northern Oakland County. In the Republican-leaning 3rd District, which includes an area between Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, two newcomers – Republican Peter Meijer and Democrat Hillary Scholten – are vying for the seat being vacated by Rep. Justin Amash. And in the 6th District in the state’s southwestern corner, longtime Republican Rep. Fred Upton faces a challenge from Democrat Jon Hoadley.

Also on the ballot are state House races. Republicans have a 58-51 advantage.

Voters will decide two proposed constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the Legislature. One would remove a cap on and adjust a formula for spending oil and gas royalties that fund land conservation and public recreation areas. The other would require a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications.

TESTING INFORMATION:

Testing begins Monday, Sept. 28. Here are test days and times:

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

Here are Michigan’s test days and times:

2-6 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. CDT, Monday, Sept. 28; Tuesday, Oct. 6; Tuesday, Oct. 13; Tuesday, Oct. 20; Thursday, Oct. 22; Thursday, Oct. 29.

1-3 p.m. EDT, noon-2 CDT, Wednesdays Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28.

1:40-6 p.m. EDT/EST, 12:40-5 p.m. CDT/CST, Thursday, Oct. 1; Thursday, Oct. 8; Thursday, Oct. 15; Tuesday, Oct. 27; Monday, Nov. 2.

Noon-5 p.m. EDT/EST, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT/CST, 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/noon-1 p.m. CST Election Day.

Uncontested race list: AP does not tabulate uncontested races. MI-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, MI-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/1 a.m. CST Election Day, as well as from 1-2 p.m. EST/noon-1 p.m. CST.

AP Newsroom Users:

On Election Day from 1-2 p.m. EST/noon-1 p.m. CST there will be a “live” (nontest) 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

“TopRaces-Glance-Sum” includes race-wide results in summary format for these contests that AP considers editorially significant: president, U.S. Senate and U.S. House 3, 6, 7, 8 and 11.

“Statewid-Glance-Sum” includes race-wide results in summary format for these contests: Supreme Court, Proposals 1 and 2.

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

“Trend” tables show whether Democrats or Republicans are gaining or losing seats in a state’s Congressional and state 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, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Supreme Court, Proposals 1 and 2.

“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, in summary format, for the following races: president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Supreme Court, Proposals 1 and 2.

ELECTION NIGHT SLUGS BY SERVICE / ELECTION NIGHT STATE REPORT SCHEDULE:

Here are the slugs for the state 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.

MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum

MI-Statewid-Glance-Sum

MI-House-Contested

MI-StHou-Contested

MI-House-Trend

MI-StHou-Trend

MI-Pres-Cnty

MI-Senate-Cnty

MI-House-1-Cnty

MI-House-2-Cnty

MI-House-3-Cnty

MI-House-4-Cnty

MI-House-5-Cnty

MI-House-6-Cnty

MI-House-7-Cnty

MI-House-8-Cnty

MI-House-9-Cnty

MI-House-10-Cnty

MI-House-11-Cnty

MI-House-12-Cnty

MI-House-14-Cnty

MI-SuprCrt-Cnty

MI-Prop-1-ParkFunds-Cnty

MI-Prop-2-EData-Cnty

MI-Pres-CntyLong

MI-Senate-CntyLong

MI-House-1-CntyLong

MI-House-2-CntyLong

MI-House-3-CntyLong

MI-House-4-CntyLong

MI-House-5-CntyLong

MI-House-6-CntyLong

MI-House-7-CntyLong

MI-House-8-CntyLong

MI-House-9-CntyLong

MI-House-10-CntyLong

MI-House-11-CntyLong

MI-House-12-CntyLong

MI-House-14-CntyLong

MI-SuprCt-CntyLong

MI-Prop-1-ParkFunds-CntyLong

MI-Prop-2-EData-CntyLong

Member Choice Basic / Member Choice Plus / Member Choice Complete on AP Newsroom:

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

MI-Statewid-Glance-Sum, hourly at :15

MI-House-Contested, hourly at :40

MI-StHou-Contested, odd numbered hours at :45, starting at 21:45

MI-House-Trend, hourly at :40

MI-StHou-Trend, hourly at :40

MI-Pres-Cnty, hourly at :20

MI-Senate-Cnty, hourly at :50

MI-House-1-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-2-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-3-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-4-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-5-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-6-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-7-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-8-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-9-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-10-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-11-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-12-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-House-14-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-SuprCrt-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-Prop-1-ParkFunds-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

MI-Prop-2-EData-Cnty, two times nightly at 23:00 and 02:00

OpenWire / NewsPower / Newspower Max on AP Newsroom:

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

MI-Statewid-Glance-Sum, hourly at :15

MI-House-Contested, even numbered hours at :40, starting at 20:40

MI-StHou-Contested, odd numbered hours at :45, starting at 21:45

MI-House-Trend, hourly at :40

MI-StHou-Trend, hourly at :40

Headlines on AP Newsroom:

MI-TopRaces-Glance-Sum, hourly at :50

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