Election Night Checklist

On election night, you will need the Ballot Scanner (laptop + physical scanner) and the Election Manager (laptop + printer). Then, run this checklist.


  • Set up Election Manager laptop by plugging into power and plugging printer via USB to laptop.

  • Set up Ballot Scanner laptop by plugging into power and plugging scanner via USB to laptop.

  • Boot up both laptops.

  • Confirm scanner does not say TEST MODE and says No ballots have been scanned

    • If there is a problem, switch the scanner to Live Mode or Clear Ballot Data, both in Advanced.

  • Scan all ballots in batches of approximately 50.

  • Create a pile of ballots for adjudication as rejected from the scanner.

  • Adjudicate ballots with the resolution board.

  • Scan resolution board ballots.

  • Write down how many ballots were scanned by the scanner (on ballot scanner laptop screen).

  • Export CVRs to USB stick.

  • Export Backup to USB stick (in Advanced tab).


  • On Election Manager, ensure there are no CVRs imported. If there are, remove them.

  • Print a zero report.

  • Import CVRs from USB stick.

  • Confirm the number of ballots displayed matches the number of ballots written down from scanning.

  • If applicable, load SEMS file from other machines (e.g. TSX GEMS results).

  • Print an unofficial tally of all ballots.

  • Export combined SEMS file to USB stick.

  • Upload combined SEMS file to SEMS.