30 Oct Election test programme
PA will conduct a thorough test programme ahead of the forthcoming snap general election.
Customers are urged to make use of the tests to ensure their systems are correctly set up to handle PA’s elections data.
General election tests will use fictitious candidate names and the results and figures will be randomised.
All test material is marked clearly as “PA Test” and the word “Test” appears in fictional candidate names.
Users of PA’s elections data in XML format for digital products, accessed via the FTP servers, should note that XML files from tests may be cleared from the test folders a while after the test but will be made available in downloadable zip files on the Example XML page in case still needed.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR XML USERS: The IDs of entities provided in the election tests are NOT the same as those provided in the real data, such as for parties. Please do NOT configure your system for a real election event using the IDs provided in the test data. THEY WILL NOT BE THE SAME. See the guidance at XML format
Note that tests may be: small = as few as a dozen test results; medium = 100-150 test results; or full = all 650 test results.
Tests will include recount messages, corrections and State of Parties statistics.
The provisional test programme is as follows:
Tuesday, Sep 10, from 0930: full test over about eight hours
Wednesday, Nov 6, from 0930: full test over about eight hours
Thursday, November 14 at 1600: nominations close
Wednesday, Nov 20, from 0930: full test over about eight hours – using test noms revised to more closely match the spread of candidates and parties in the live election
Wednesday, Nov 27, from 1810: medium test for about one hour
Tuesday, Dec 3, from 1810: medium test for about one hour
Thursday, Dec 5, from 1810: full test for about two-three hours
Tuesday, Dec 10, from 1810: medium test for about one hour
Thursday, December 12: polling day
Thursday-Friday, December 12-13: live event, results from Thursday 2200.
The start and end of tests will be notified through alerts on PA Now, 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.