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Retaining & Removing Election Files

Retaining Election Files

After certification of an election and before configuring a new election, all election files and data should be saved and configuration files removed from the previous election.
VotingWorks recommends retaining the following files after each election:
  • VxAdmin results file
  • VxAdmin tally reports
  • VxAdmin log
  • VxCentralScan backup files
  • VxScan backup files


To save the recommended VxAdmin files, follow these steps when logged in as an Election Manager:
  1. 1.
    In the Reports tab, select Save Results
  2. 2.
    In the Reports tab, select Official Full Election Tally Report, select Save Report as PDF
Save Results File
Save Official Full Election Tally Report
Next, login as a System Administrator, select Log, and Save Log File.
Save Log File

VxCentralScan Backup Files

VxCentralScan backup files are saved on election night. This file includes the CVRs, logs, and ballot images. If the backup file was not saved on election night, simply go to the Admin menu and select Save Backup.
Save Backup

VxScan CVR Files

VxScan CVR files include the VxScan's CVRs, logs, and ballot images. To save the VxScan backup files, setup the VxScan and follow the following steps: 1. Insert an Election Manager Card
2. Insert a USB drive
3. Select Save Backup
Save Backup

Removing Election Files

Each VotingWorks component has a red button to remove election files.
In VxAdmin, login with a System Administrator Card and go to the Definition tab, select Remove Election.
Remove Election
In VxCentralScan, go to the Admin screen, select Delete Election Data from VxCentralScan.
In VxScan, insert an Election Manager Card and select Delete All Election Data from VxScan.
Delete All Election Data from VxScan
In VxMark, insert an Election Manager Card and select Unconfigure Machine.
Unconfigure Machine