Innovative voting technology that combines the ease of a touchscreen with the assurance of a voter-verifiable printed vote record is now available from longtime election solution provider Hart InterCivic. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) certified the latest release of the Verity® Voting system on March 15, clearing the way for jurisdictions seeking this flexible, secure option for replacing aging equipment.
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“We are proud to bring the latest version of our flagship Verity Voting system to the marketplace. Our new Verity Duo device is just one of the innovations now available to meet jurisdictions’ demand for modern secure election technology,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, a U.S. company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions. “Verity has been serving voters across the U.S. since 2015, and we’ve have many requests for this additional capability.”
“Verity continues to meet high standards and surpasses the strenuous testing required by federal certification. Hart pioneered digital ballot scanning, and we seek always to provide forward-looking features that can be configured to meet the needs of any local jurisdiction,” he added. “We are committed to providing trustworthy innovations that make elections more secure, voter-friendly and easy to administer.”
Verity Duo is a single convenient device that allows voters to mark ballot choices on a touchscreen and print easy-to-review vote records on the integrated printer. The voter then inserts the printed vote record into the Verity Scan device. Verity Duo is more transparent than other “hybrid” devices that combine electronic ballot marking and paper vote casting – this solution from Hart produces an easy-to-read summary of the voter’s choices for verification, and the scanner counts votes directly from this summary, not from a bar code.
This arrangement is efficient and cost effective for counties. It is ideally suited for Early Voting and Vote Centers. Thousands of ballot styles can be easily managed electronically without the expense and complication of pre-printing paper ballots. That cost savings extends to the warehouse where fewer devices must be stored and transported to polling places. Centralized polling place management allows officials to easily open and close polls and to monitor voting devices from one console. The overall system is designed for voting privacy and independence –it is fully compliant with federal requirements for accessibility.
In addition to the Verity Duo, newly certified features assure that Verity can handle the highest volumes for large jurisdictions, up to 3,000 precincts for example.
The new Verity release supports 11 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Ilocano and Hindi. Other improvements increase efficiencies related to preparation, vote counting and audits. A new serialized seal increases physical security on devices and workstations.
Hart has seen a flurry of Verity purchases recently as counties prepare for 2020 elections. Braithwaite expects the EAC certification to open doors to additional jurisdictions looking for a hybrid paper-trail option.
“Verity is a flexible election solution and will continue to provide the efficient, Hart-backed options that our customers value,” he said. “Listening and responding to our partners is a core value at Hart. We expect to serve for another 100 years.”
For more information on the Verity Voting system, please visit www.hartintercivic.com/verityoverview.