When Roberts County voters go to the polls for their next election, they will be using paper ballots for the first time since 2006. The County is implementing paper-trail voting with Verity® Voting, the most up-to-date, secure election technology available.
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Verity, from the County’s trusted election partner Hart InterCivic, was selected in late 2018. Hart has delivered the new equipment to this Panhandle town.
“We’ve wanted to return to a paper trail system for some time, and I started preparing for the budget about a year ago,” said County and District Clerk Toni Rankin, who recommended the change. “Now, with the Commissioners’ approval, it all came together.”
“We thank Roberts County for their confidence in Hart. We are pleased the flexible Verity system will deliver the paper-based voting solution that is right for the County,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, an Austin-based company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions. “We’ve partnered with Roberts County since 2006 and look forward to successful elections there for many more years to come.”
Designed and built in Texas, Verity is certified at the federal and state levels. More than half of the voters in Texas cast their ballots on Hart’s voting systems, and Verity is a natural next step for those ready to modernize.
Starting with the November General Election, Roberts County voters will hand-mark paper ballots or mark them using the Verity Touch Writer accessible ballot marking device. Ballots are cast by scanning them using the system’s voter-friendly digital Verity Scan. Hart designed Verity with the flexibility to be used for paper, hybrid or electronic voting.
Hart’s solid reputation and excellent customer service supported Roberts County’s decision. Shifting to paper ballots is a complex operational task that calls for change management expertise, which Hart provides.
“Hart is a stable company and is known all over the country. We’ve been happy with Hart, and we know they will be here for the long term,” said Rankin, who has more than 20 years’ experience working with elections.
Roberts 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 the State. First federally certified in 2015, the secure and efficient system is also in use in numerous counties throughout the U.S.
Braithwaite expects more announcements as additional jurisdictions choose Verity.
Learn more about Verity in Texas: https://www.hartintercivic.com/texas/