Open-source software, commercial off-the-shelf hardware, and paper ballots.
This guide walks you through the complete process to set up, test, and operate on election day.
VotingWorks consists of two subsystems:
- 1.Central System: all the equipment necessary for use at election central for on-demand ballot printing, election programming, central batch ballot scanning, and results tabulation.
- 2.Precinct System: all equipment necessary for use at the precinct to scan hand-marked ballots and provide an accessible ballot marking device for voters unable to hand mark paper ballots.
VotingWorks Central System includes two products:
- 1.VxAdmin: the main tool for local election administrators, which programs elections, prints ballots, and tabulates results on election night.
- 2.VxCentralScan: a central scanner used for rapidly scanning absentee ballots on election night.
Central System: VxCentralScan (left) and VxAdmin (right)
VotingWorks Precinct System consists of two portable, self-contained products:
- 1.VxMark: an accessible ballot marking device and attached printer that produces a voter-verifiable paper ballot.
- 2.VxScan: a voter-facing precinct scanner that scans paper ballots and notifies voters of ballot issues for second-chance voting.
Voters at the precinct vote on hand-marked paper ballots with the ability to vote on a VxMark if requested. After marking ballots, all voters scan their ballots using VxScan.
Open Precinct System: VxMark BMD (left), VxMark printer (middle), VxScan (right)
Closed Precinct System: VxMark BMD (left), VxMark printer (middle), VxScan (right)
All votes cast using VotingWorks are on paper ballots for security and post-election auditing.
There are two types of VotingWorks paper ballots:
- Hand-marked paper ballot
- All absentee voters will receive a hand-marked paper ballot that is printed on-demand. Absentee ballots are scanned by election administrators using a high-speed central scanner (VxCentralScan).
- Most in-precinct voters will receive a hand-marked paper ballot that is printed in-bulk or on-demand. Precinct ballots are scanned by voters using a precinct scanner (VxScan).
- Machine-marked paper ballot (via ballot marking device)
- In-precinct voters may request to use the accessible ballot marking device (VxMark), which prints a voter verifiable paper ballot. Machine-marked precinct ballots are scanned by voters using the same precinct scanner (VxScan).
Sample Hand-Marked Paper Ballot