Euro election: Forthcoming polls – test programme
* Updated April 18 2019: addition of Euro election tests to the test programme.
* Updated April 12 2019: amendments to test programme to allow for processing of Euro election nominations April 24-26.
* Updated December 11 2018: times and dates for provisional test programme.
The Press Association conducts extensive tests in advance of elections. The test programme for 2019 will cover council and mayoral elections in England on May 2 and any other polls that may take place.
The UK is taking part in the European Parliament elections on May 23 following the postponement of Brexit. Euro election tests have been added to the programme.
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.
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.
The provisional test programme is as follows:
Tuesday, Jan 22, from 0930: snap general election test (full test over about eight hours)
Thursday, Feb 14, from 1100: council and mayoral elections test (full test over about three hours)
Thursday, Mar 14, from 1810 (medium council and mayoral elections test for about one hour)
Thursday, Mar 21, from 1810 (medium council and mayoral elections test for about one hour)
Wednesday, Mar 27, from 1810 (medium council and mayoral elections test for about one hour)
Wednesday April 3: Council and mayoral election nominations close
Thursday, Apr 11, from 1810 (full council and mayoral elections test for about two hours)
Wednesday, Apr 17, from 1810 (now upgraded from medium council and mayoral elections test to a full test – for about two hours)
Friday-Monday, April 19-22: Easter
Wednesday, Apr 24, from 1100 (small Euro election test for up to one hour)
Wednesday-Thursday, April 24-25: Euro election nominations close
Thursday, Apr 25, from 1810 (full council and mayoral elections test for about two hours) – CANCELLED in view of close of Euro-election nominations.
Monday, Apr 29, from 1810 (medium council and mayoral elections test for about one hour)
Thursday, May 2 – Friday, May 3+: live event – council and mayoral elections
Monday, May 6: bank holiday
Wednesday, May 15, from 1810 (Euro election test – full for 11 British regions, small for Northern Ireland, for one-two hours)
Wednesday, May 22, from 1810 (Euro election test – full for 11 British regions, small for Northern Ireland for one-two hours)
Thursday, May 23: Euro elections polling day
Sunday, May 26, from 10pm: Euro elections results.
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.