Opening Polls

Opening Polls on VxScan

After VxScan is initially turned on, it will show the Polls Closed screen.
If there is an orange banner that says "Testing Mode" on the screen, contact your election administrator immediately to prepare the machine for the election.
To open the polls, a poll worker must insert their Poll Worker Card into the card reader behind the screen. The front of the Poll Worker Card must be facing away from the screen. To open the polls, select Yes, Open the Polls.
Once complete, the screen will say Polls are open. As the polls were opening, the Open Polls Report was saved to the Poll Worker Card. The Open Polls Report should show that no ballots have been scanned. This will also serve as the precinct's Zero Report. Take the Poll Worker Card to VxMark to print.

Printing the Open Polls Report

To print the report, insert the Poll Worker card into the VxMark's card reader. Select Print Tally Reportto print the report.
Two copies of the report will print from the VxMark's printer. All contest totals should be zero. Below is an example of the Polls Opened Tally Report:
Polls Open Report - Cover Page
Polls Open Report - Results Page

Opening Polls on VxMark

The last step to opening the polls, is to select Open Polls for [precinct name] from the VxMark screen.
If "Machine is in Testing Mode" is displayed on the VxMark poll worker screen, contact your election administrator immediately to prepare the machine for the election.