Forward-Looking Lake County Chooses Hart InterCivic’s New Voting Technology

When Lake County citizens vote May 7, their ballots will be counted on the modern, secure Verity® Voting system from the jurisdiction’s long-time election partner Hart InterCivic. Verity was chosen over other systems for its security, transparency and trusted customer support.

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“Verity is a long-term investment, and Lake County citizens will benefit from continuing with a partner of Hart’s leadership, reliability and experience. Hart has a track record of helping elections officials respond to change with the right technology,” said Carol Huchingson, County Administrative Officer, Interim Registrar of Voters.

“We’ve partnered with Hart since 2006, and our elections staff has consistently found their customer service, training and support to be of the highest quality,” she added. “Our long-term satisfaction with Hart and their experience in California and other states makes us very confident in adopting Verity’s ahead-of-the-curve technology.”

“Lake County shows strong leadership by choosing Verity. We appreciate their continued confidence in Hart and are working closely with elections staff to ensure the transition to Verity is smooth and efficient,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, a U.S. company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions.

“Hart’s staff has already been in Lakeport for product delivery and testing and will work alongside the election office to make the most of Verity’s advancements. Verity is the only all-new, proven system certified in California,” he said.

The County’s elections team looks forward to Verity’s improvements and long-term benefits. The team expects voters will find the ballot format and voter accessibility systems easy to use, while Verity’s security features will ensure the public’s votes are accurately represented.

“Ensuring the accuracy of election results is fundamental to our democracy, and the Hart system offers auditing capacities and controls that are truly essential for modern elections,” Huchingson said. “Our elections office, with Hart’s support, can become a standard bearer for both efficiency and security.”

Hart pioneered digital ballot scanning, and the company’s decade-plus experience with the technology has strongly influenced Verity’s design. Verity’s hardware and software features make elections secure and transparent. A main component of the U.S.-built system is Verity Central, with a streamlined workflow, logical onscreen adjudication and no ballot pre-sorting required.

“We exist to serve the public, and it is essential to us that we partner with companies with a similar service orientation. Hart is a great fit for Lake County,” said Huchingson.

First federally certified in 2015, Verity is in use in more than 100 jurisdictions throughout the U.S., and Braithwaite expects more announcements as a growing number of counties choose Verity over other options.

“Verity may be new to California, but we’ve been impressed with Hart’s record of success in other states and encouraged that many neighboring counties are also strongly considering Verity,” said Marcy Harrison, Interim Deputy Registrar of Voters.

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