Calaveras County will no longer have to rely on third-party vendors when it takes control of ballot preparation using the modern, secure Verity® Voting system from long-time election solution provider Hart InterCivic. Verity was chosen over older systems, including one from the County’s current provider, for its time-saving and efficient approach to ballot production.
“Verity allows us to be 100% in control of the election process from beginning to end,” said Rebecca Turner, Registrar of Voters.
“The best part is being able to bring ballot production in house. Verity combines the robust features we need with a simple, intuitive user interface. This allows us to build our elections from the ground up without being dependent on a vendor.”
“This will save a tremendous amount of time and allow us to focus on other aspects of the election,” she added.
“We are happy to welcome Calaveras County to the Hart family. As Ms.Turner’s office works more with Verity, I expect them to appreciate even more efficiencies,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, a U.S. company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions. “We look forward to introducing all that Verity has to offer.”
For Calaveras County, another key selling point in choosing Hart was the ability to use commercial off-the-shelf ballot-counting equipment. “It reduces the costs of the scanning equipment and allows a small county like us to be able to purchase backup equipment,” said Turner. “We no longer have to worry about what to do if the scanner stops working before we have counted all the ballots for an election.”
With about 30,000 registered voters, Calaveras County will vote using Verity for the first time for its November Special Election. Their partnership with Hart includes hands-on training and assistance from experienced Hart staff.
Turner is looking forward to using Verity’s adjudication function to dramatically reduce the time spent on duplicating ballots.
“Verity will provide an audit log of the adjudication for us to refer to in the future,” she said. “Plus, the ability for the system to print out batch reports to put with scanned ballots keeps the process clean and auditable.”
Although new to working with Hart, Turner already appreciates the company’s unmatched level of customer care and responsiveness.
“The employees at Hart have been wonderful to work with. Definitely an expedient and helpful company,” she said. “Once the contract was awarded, everyone at Hart was extremely helpful getting it amended and finalized quickly. The equipment was actually delivered a little over one week after the contract was finalized!”
A number of California counties are considering switching to Verity before upcoming elections, and Braithwaite expects more announcements soon.
Learn more about Verity: https://www.hartintercivic.com/state/california/