When Nacogdoches County officials decided to replace the voting system they have used since 2005, they turned to longtime election partner Hart InterCivic to deliver the secure new Verity® Voting system.
“We know Hart and trust the quality of the products and services they deliver,” said Todd Stallings, Nacogdoches County Elections Administrator. “With Hart, we know switching to the new system will have minimum impact on voters, poll workers and our team.”
Most voters will find the process of casting their ballots to be unchanged – they will mark their paper ballots by hand and drop them into a secure ballot box, as in the past. Voters who use the new Verity Touch Writer accessible ballot marking device will experience a difference. After marking their ballots on the easy-to-use, ADA-compliant device, these voters will print their marked ballots and drop them in the ballot box as other voters do.
“We’re happy to be moving to 100% paper,” Stallings said. “Now our voters will be even more confident that their votes are counted accurately.”
Nacogdoches County scans ballots at the elections office, and Verity Central provides efficient, cost-effective management of the process. “I like the on-screen ballot resolution,” Stallings said. “The new system will help us get our work done more quickly. This means we can get results out faster on Election Night.”
The decision to purchase Verity was not a hasty one. Nacogdoches County had set aside funds for the purchase, and Hart had presented a public demonstration of the system in 2017. Since that time, Stallings and his team have fully vetted available options, asking vendors hundreds of questions.
One often-overlooked factor in choosing a voting system provider is the services offered. Stallings said, “Hart’s ballot production services are outstanding. I have worked with that team on all stages of preparing for our elections. I know Hart’s going to get our ballots right every time. That’s one reason I wanted to stay with Hart. Your equipment can be flashy, but if your ballots aren’t right, your election is in trouble.”
Nacogdoches County’s new equipment arrived June 4, and training begins this week.
“We applaud Nacogdoches County’s move to Verity, and we are gratified to continue our long partnership,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, an Austin-based company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions. “We know Verity will serve the County and its voters well for many years.”
Braithwaite expects more Texas and national announcements soon.
Learn more about Verity in Texas: https://www.hartintercivic.com/state/texas/