Central System (only) Checklist
This checklist is for jurisdictions who are using the VotingWorks central system (VxAdmin and VxCentralScan) without the precinct system (VxMark or VxScan). It only needs to be run once per election. If you are using any precinct equipment, skip to the next section. Links after each section point to articles with more details on the individual steps.
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VxAdmin - Part 1

  • Connect VxAdmin to its printer
  • Ensure the printer has plenty of paper
  • Turn on VxAdmin and printer
  • Confirm that VxAdmin is configured for the appropriate election
  • Print the following reports and ballot packages
    • Using the Reports tab, print an Unofficial Full Election Tally Report as the Zero Report
    • Using the L&A tab, select List Precinct L&A Packages. Print the L&A Packages for all precincts, or for a specific precinct.
    • Using the L&A tab, select Print Full Test Deck Tally Report to print the expected results after scanning all test ballots.
  • Remove the following from each L&A Package:
    • Precinct Tally Report (expected results of the precinct)
    • Pre-voted VxMark test ballots
    • All but two blank hand-marked test ballots from one ballot style (one remains blank, one is hand-marked by an election administrator to replace a pre-voted hand-marked test ballot)
    • All but one overvoted hand-marked test ballot
  • Ensure the following items remain for each precinct and ballot style:
    • Pre-voted hand-marked test ballots
    • Two blank hand-marked test ballots from one ballot style (one remains blank, one is hand-marked by an election administrator to replace a pre-voted hand-marked test ballot)
    • One overvoted hand-marked test ballot
  • Confirm that you also have the following materials for the overall election:
    • Zero Report (Unofficial Full Election Tally Report)
    • Full Test Deck Tally Report (expected results of all precincts)
Full Instructions for this checklist can be found on the Print VxAdmin Test Materials page.

VxCentralScan

Repeat the following for each VxCentralScan station:
  • Connect VxCentralScan laptop to its scanner
  • Turn on the VxCentralScan laptop and the scanner
  • Confirm that VxCentralScan is configured for the appropriate election
  • Toggle to Test Mode
  • Scan the pre-voted hand-marked test ballots
  • Scan the blank ballot
    • Confirm it shows up as blank
    • Choose Cast Ballot As Is
  • Scan the overvoted ballot
    • Confirm it shows up as overvote
    • Choose Cast Ballot As Is
  • Verify the count of scanned ballots
  • Save Results to USB drive
Full Instructions for this checklist can be found on the Scan Test Decks with VxCentralScan page.

VxAdmin - Part 2

Repeat the following for each VxCentralScan USB drive:
  • Insert USB drive with the CVR files
  • Select Import CVR Files in the Tally tab
  • Load the CVR file from the given VxCentralScan
  • Confirm that the CVR count in VxAdmin matches the number of ballots in the test deck
  • Print Unofficial Full Election Tally Report
  • Compare to the Test Ballot Deck Tally - the totals on the Test Ballot Deck Tally should be divided by 4 and then should match your scanning results (the Test Ballot Deck Tally report is programmed for the Full System)
  • Clear CVR files
Full Instructions for this checklist can be found on the Tally Test Results page.

Cleanup

  • Confirm that there are no CVR files left in VxAdmin Tally tab
  • Toggle VxCentralScan to Live Mode (in Admin tab)
  • Shut down VxAdmin
  • Shut down VxCentralScan
Full Instructions for this checklist can be found on the L&A Cleanup page.
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VxAdmin - Part 1
VxCentralScan
VxAdmin - Part 2
Cleanup