Texas Certifies Hybrid Voting from Hart InterCivic
Addition to Flexible Verity System Combines Paper-Trail Assurance, Touchscreen
The Secretary of State’s office this week certified the latest release of Hart InterCivic’s Verity® Voting system. This milestone means that the newest product in the Verity family, Verity Duo, is immediately available for purchase in Texas. Duo is a hybrid voting device that combines the ease of a touchscreen with the assurance of a paper trail. Certification assures jurisdictions that this update to Verity has met the rigorous testing that Texas demands.
The flexible Verity system, already in use in many Texas counties, now includes Verity Duo, which combines touchscreen ballot marking with a voter-friendly printed vote record, plus other enhancements.
Verity Duo is the only hybrid solution on the market that counts votes directly from a human-readable printed summary, not from a barcode that only a machine can read. Many jurisdictions have requested this functionality from trusted partner Hart.
“Hart is proud to meet the highest standards set for Texas voting systems. Verity is designed and manufactured in Texas, and we value our relationships with fellow Texans,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, an Austin-based company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions.
“Verity Duo is a direct response to those wanting an efficient paper-verified voting solution that each voter can check before leaving the polling place. The touchscreen component is easy for voters and efficient for poll workers,” he said. “Hart is ready to begin delivery immediately.”
The new version of Verity achieved federal certification in March and has also been certified by Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Additional states are testing Verity’s new release and announcements are expected soon, Braithwaite said.
In addition to Verity Duo, newly certified features assure that Verity can handle the highest volumes for large jurisdictions. Other improvements increase efficiencies related to election preparation, vote counting and audits. A new serialized seal increases physical security on devices and workstations.
Election teams appreciate the ease of storing, transporting and setting up Verity’s compact, lightweight polling place devices.
“Verity is built for the future and flexible enough to adapt to changing demands,” Braithwaite said. “Some counties want touchscreens; some want paper ballots; some want the best of both. Our technology delivers on all levels.”
Verity devices are already widely deployed in Texas, and Verity is increasingly the system of choice as counties across the U.S. prepare for 2020 elections. Braithwaite expects the certification to open doors to more jurisdictions looking to upgrade their aging voting systems.
For more information about the Verity Voting system, please visit http://www.hartintercivic.com/state/texas/