Scan Test Decks

These instructions apply to both test decks. We recommend scanning each one and checking the tabulation results for each one separately.

Before scanning your test deck, first confirm that the election information in the footer corresponds with the election you want to perform L&A testing for. If the machine is not configured, please follow the instructions to configure your ballot scanner for the election.

Toggle Test Mode

All test deck scanning must be performed in test mode. To change modes, click Advanced in the top right and then click Toggle to Test Mode under Advanced Options. Changing modes zeros out all existing scans in the previous mode.

Advanced Button
Toggle to Test Mode

Once in test mode, confirm that TEST MODE is shown at the top of the screen and No ballots have been scanned.

Ballot Scanner in Test Mode

Scan Test Deck

Before scanning, take at least one ballot from the test deck and flip it upside down, then replace on the stack. Next, take at least one ballot from the test deck and flip it back to front, then replace on the stack.

Load the stack of ballots into the feeder tray of the scanner. VotingWorks recommends loading no more than 50 ballot sheets at at time.

From the Ballot Scanner, click Scan New Batch. Ballots will feed through the scanner automatically and the number of ballots scanned within each batch will progress onscreen. The batch is finished scanning when a timestamp is presented under the Finished At header for that particular batch. Repeat the scanning process for as many batches are necessary to finish scanning all ballots in the test deck.

Test Mode Scanned Batches

Once finished scanning, confirm that the ballot count listed onscreen matches the number of ballot sheets in the test deck.

Export Cast Vote Record

To export the Cast Vote Record (CVR) of scanned results, click Export in the top right.

Export CVR

An export dialog appears prompting you to insert a USB stick. Once you do, the USB stick is detected in a few seconds, and the export can be done automatically by clicking the "Export" button.

Once the CVR file has been saved to the USB stick, a dialog prompts to eject the drive:

Once the close button appears, it's safe to physically remove the USB drive:

Clear Ballot Data

After scanning one test deck, and before scanning the next one, the ballot data should be cleared.

Click the "Advanced" button in the top navigation bar.

Click the "Delete Ballot Data" button and confirm.