Taking advantage of a strong local economy, Martin County is investing in a new voting system that will serve citizens for years to come. Officials voted to adopt the new Verity® Voting system from Hart InterCivic, based on its reputation for reliability and the company’s track record of excellent customer support.
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“Hart has worked out so well here. Our existing equipment is reliable, and the support from Hart is awesome,” said Election Administrator Helen Floyd who has more than 25 years’ experience working with elections. Hart has partnered with Martin County since 2005, and the move to Verity comes at a time when oilfield activity in the Permian Basin area has been good for the County’s budget.
“We are fortunate to be in good financial shape, and the time was right to choose Verity. We are excited about an easy-to-use and easy-to-learn system, and I appreciate the help Hart has given us over the years. They are always right there with me,” Floyd said. “I call with any little question and they walk me through the answer. I’m on a first name basis with everyone on the team.”
“We love to hear Martin County praise customer service. Providing exceptional customer service is a core value at Hart,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, an Austin-based company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions. “By choosing Verity, they can count on trustworthy, flexible technology always backed by the best personal service.”
The new voting equipment is being delivered in Martin County early this month, Floyd is looking forward to the modern, secure touchscreen design. “It should be easier for everyone to use. I’m sure it will work for all levels,” she said, describing a range of users across many generations, with different technical skills.
Voter education and training for election workers will take place closer to Verity’s debut for the November election. “Hart will be here for training, and I want to stage a mock election. We’ll make sure everyone is comfortable with the new system,” Floyd said.
User friendly and secure, Verity is certified at the federal and state levels, and it is designed and built in Texas. More than half of the voters in the State cast their ballots on Hart’s election technology, and Verity is a natural next step for those ready to purchase a new system.
“If your county is looking at a new election system, I say get Verity,” Floyd said. “Not only is it very simple, but the support at Hart is so great. I’ll say that to anyone. I’m glad to stick with them.”
Martin County joins a growing number of Texas jurisdictions moving to Verity. Since the Texas Secretary of State certified the latest release of the system in late 2016, Hart has shipped more than 10,000 Verity devices across Texas. First federally certified in 2015, the secure and flexible system is also in use in numerous counties throughout the U.S.
Braithwaite expects more announcements this year as additional jurisdictions choose Verity.
Learn more about Verity in Texas: https://www.hartintercivic.com/texas/