Setting Up VxMark

Whichever precinct configuration you've chosen, voters will use a VxMark to mark their choices. In the Integrated-Printer configuration, VxMark comes with an attached printer.

VxMark Ballot Marking Device

Included Hardware and Software

VxMark comes in a hard-plastic black case:

Physical Setup of VxMark

VxMark can be set up in just a couple of minutes.

Pop open the plastic case and you will find the folded privacy shield behind the top layer of foam. Set this privacy shield aside and replace the top-layer foam in the top of the case.


  • the power brick in the upper-left compartment. Extract the brick and plug it into an outlet.

  • the accessible controller in the lower-left compartment. Extract and set next to the case.

  • headphones in the padded purple envelope. Remove this envelope and set aside.

  • the card reader in the lower-right compartment: leave this alone, it stays put.

  • [Standalone-Printer Configuration only] the printer USB cable in the mid-right compartment.

Remove the headphones from the padded envelope, set the envelope aside, and plug the headphones into the headphone jack of the accessible controller.

[Standalone-Printer Configuration only] Extract the printer USB cable and plug into the printer:

You can now power on the VxMark/VxMarkPrint. The power button is located in the mid-right compartment ([Standalone-Printer Configuration only] the same from which the USB printer cable was located), along the side of the screen. Press the power button firmly for 1 second then release. You should see the card reader and accessible controller light up within 3-5 seconds.

In a polling station, you should then unfold the privacy shield and set it up just inside the frame of the case, around the screen:

Physical Setup for VxMark

When using the Standalone-Printer configuration, poll workers must also set up:

  • VxEncode for encoding voter cards.

  • VxPrint for voters to print their ballot.