West Virginia Certifies Hart Voting System
CHARLESTON, W. Va., Dec. 17, 2020 – West Virginia counties ready to upgrade election systems have a new option to consider: Hart InterCivic’s Verity® Voting, known for its trustworthy technology and reliable customer support. The State Election Commission, chaired by Secretary of State Mac Warner, unanimously certified Verity for purchase in West Virginia during December’s regular meeting. Certification assures jurisdictions that Verity has met the rigorous testing that the state demands.
“Hart is excited to introduce Verity to West Virginia, where counties are no longer locked into a single vendor. Stakeholders deserve options and they will appreciate the advantages that Verity offers,” said Julie Mathis, CEO of Hart InterCivic, an Austin-based company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions.
“Verity is the voting system of choice for a growing number of jurisdictions across the country, and 98 percent of customers who switched from another vendor gave Hart’s service the highest satisfaction rating in our most recent customer survey,” she said. “We are eager to show West Virginia’s voters an easier, more trustworthy experience.”
Verity supports options so that jurisdictions can tailor to their preferred voting methods. Many choose a hand-marked paper ballot system than incorporates Verity Scan and Touch Writer. Also available is Verity Duo, a hybrid voting device combining the ease of a touchscreen with the assurance of a paper trail. 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.
A leader in the elections industry, Hart has developed deep expertise in helping jurisdictions of all sizes safely and efficiently transition from outdated voting equipment to reliable, modern solutions. Hart has gained a reputation as a trusted partner for high-challenge implementations with a proven track record of success. Hart voting systems are currently in use in more than 700 jurisdictions across 19 states.
In addition to Verity’s easy-to-audit paper trail, Verity includes best-in-industry security protocols, such as trust listing, encryption, two-factor authentication and redundant data storage to safeguard the sanctity of the vote.
From a practical standpoint, Verity is known as a user-friendly system for voters and election officials. Poll workers appreciate the ease of storing, transporting and setting up Verity’s compact, lightweight polling place devices.
Verity’s proven digital scanning solution securely handles all forms of paper ballots, including by-mail, on demand, early voting, Election Day and at vote centers.
Ultimately, election officials will like Verity’s flexible hardware and software approach that adapts as needs change by supporting in-person paper voting, in-person electronic voting, vote centers and by-mail voting.
“Verity is built for the future and flexible enough to adapt to changing demands,” Mathis said. “Some counties want touchscreens; some want paper ballots; some want the best of both. Our technology delivers on all levels.”
Verity is increasingly the preferred system as counties across the U.S. replace aging voting machines. Mathis expects strong interest to follow the certification and urges election officials to explore Verity’s efficient, reliable and secure voting solution.