The New Jersey Department of State certified the latest major release of the Verity® Voting system on May 29. New Jersey jurisdictions ready to replace aging equipment now have even greater choice when purchasing new voting system technology from Hart InterCivic, a longtime election solution provider that is new to the State.
An earlier version of Hart’s modern, secure Verity system – a configuration that supports hand-marked paper ballots – was certified for purchase in New Jersey in late 2018. This newest version of Verity adds Verity Duo, an innovative solution for hybrid voting, which combines the ease of a touchscreen with the assurance of a voter-verifiable printed vote record.
“Hart pledges to continue to bring innovative election technology to the State of New Jersey,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, a U.S. company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions. “We are proud, but not surprised, to see Verity’s latest release meet the rigorous standards for New Jersey certification.”
The Verity Voting platform provides efficient, flexible voting configurations for all the ways New Jersey counties vote, including hand-marked paper ballots, machine-marked paper ballots and by mail. The system’s newest component, Verity Duo, allows voters to mark ballot choices on a touchscreen and print easy-to-review vote records on its integrated printer. The voter then inserts the printed paper record into the Verity Scan device to capture choices word-for-word using Hart’s patent-pending optical character recognition (OCR) technology.
Verity Duo is the only fully transparent hybrid voting solution – this solution from Hart counts votes directly from its human-readable summary, not from an undecipherable bar code.
Managing elections with Verity Duo is simplified with Hart’s patented centralized polling place management model, which allows officials to open and close polls easily and to monitor voting devices from a single dashboard. Further, Verity’s compact design saves space and simplifies transportation. Providing easy management of thousands of ballot styles, the overall system is designed for voting privacy and independence – it is fully compliant with federal requirements for accessibility.
Verity Duo complies with federal requirements for multi-language voting and provides the printed vote record in any of the 11 supported languages the voter selects, unlike systems that produce the paper record in English only.
Demand for Verity solutions is growing as counties prepare for 2020 elections. Braithwaite expects more state certifications as jurisdictions seek this trustworthy hybrid paper-trail option.
“We are eager to work with New Jersey decision-makers to provide reliable, voter-friendly election systems,” he said. “Our innovation is backed by the most highly-rated customer support in the industry. The combination is a win-win for our partners.”
For more information on the Verity Voting system, please visit www.hartintercivic.com/state/newjersey/