Kittitas County Chooses Verity for Voting System Upgrade

ELLENSBURG, Wash., June 6 – Election officials in Kittitas County are confident in their recent decision to purchase Hart InterCivic’s Verity® Voting system, user-friendly technology from a company with a strong reputation for customer service.

“Choosing Verity was a natural progression for us,” said Election Supervisor Sue Higginbotham. “We’ve been with Hart since 2005, and we know and trust them. The new system is flexible, easy to learn and up to date.”

“Hart has deep roots in Washington – we partner with 26 of its 39 counties. Our familiarity with the processes and the people amplify our ability to deliver the superior customer care we’re known for,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. Hart has more than 100 years of election experience and customers in more than 500 jurisdictions across the U.S.

To allow more decision makers and election officials to see Verity in action, Kittitas County is inviting representatives from every county in the State of Washington to an open house on July 11 at the courthouse in Ellensburg from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hart representatives will be available to answer questions and to put the new equipment through its paces. Representatives will also display Verity at the Washington State Elections Conference June 26-30.

Meanwhile, Kittitas workers trained on Verity last month and will soon be sending out ballots for the August 1 primary election. “Training was easy, and we are ready to jump right in,” Higginbotham said.

Verity is a versatile election system with state-of-the-art hardware and software features that make by-mail voting efficient, secure and transparent.

  • Verity Central is the only second-generation high-speed scanning solution on the market. It builds on the lessons learned from the past decade, and the result is the easiest, most efficient high-speed scanning system available. Video of Verity Central.
  • Verity Touch Writer is a paper-ballot marking device that provides advanced accessibility features that allow all voters to mark their ballots privately and independently. There are no segregated ballots, and Touch Writer includes adjustable audio and contrast settings and compatibility with “sip-and-puff” and other adaptive controls.
  • Verity’s modern architecture uses economical commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. PDF: Doing COTS Right.

Only Hart provides this combination of essentials for election success paired with superior customer service. For counties currently considering purchasing Verity, Higginbotham has this advice, “Go for it. It is very easy to learn and user friendly. We have confidence in Hart, and I am very comfortable recommending them.”

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