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Forthcoming polls – test programme

The Press Association conducts extensive tests in advance of elections. The test programme for 2018 will cover council and mayoral elections in England on May 3 any other polls that may take place.

Customers are urged to make use of the tests to ensure their systems are correctly set up to handle election events.

Tests for the mayoral elections use fictitious candidate names and the results and figures will be randomised. The council election tests use fictitious figures with fairly random council control changes.

All test material is marked clearly as "PA Test" and the word "Test" appears in fictional candidate names.

The provisional test programme will appear here.

January 2018

Tests: TBA.


Tests: TBA.

Fri-Mon Mar 30-Apr 2: Easter

Thurs Apr 6: Council and mayoral election nominations close (to be confirmed)


Tests: TBA.

Thurs May 3-Fri May 4+: Live event: council and mayoral elections

Mon May 7: bank holiday.

The start and end of tests will be notified through wire advisories and on twitter @pressassocpolls.

Dates and times are subject to change. Additional tests will take place as needed.

Customers MUST ensure all test data is cleared from their systems before polling day.


Speak to Elections Editor Roger Smith on 020 7963 7992 or email via the Contact us page. During nominations or election events, phone the Elections Desk on 020 7963 7992, Newsdesk on 020 7963 7146 or Customer Services on 01430 455337.

Customers, especially digital-only customers who do not see PA wire advisories, may wish to follow @pressassocpolls on twitter for technical and operational updates from the Elections Desk.

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