NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 16, 2018 – The Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office, through the Office of Coordinator of Elections, announced this month it has certified the newest release of the Verity® Voting system from Hart InterCivic. More than 75% of Tennessee counties vote electronically, and this much-anticipated Tennessee certification of Verity clears the way for election officials to begin upgrading electronic voting systems with Verity – the secure, modern system that is tailored to the way Tennessee votes.
“This latest release builds on Hart’s promise to continually expand and improve upon Verity and demonstrates our strong commitment to meeting jurisdictions’ needs in Tennessee and across the U.S.,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. “Hart has a strong heritage in Tennessee through our partner, Harp Enterprises. Election needs in the state have informed Verity’s advances, and Tennessee counties are now free to replace aging equipment with the newest comprehensive system certified in the U.S. that provides both electronic and paper voting.”
Unlike other direct record electronic (DRE) voting systems, Verity Touch with Controller uses a centralized approach to setting up and managing individual voting devices. A single console monitors and controls as many as 12 voting terminals connected using a unique “daisy-chain” configuration. This reduces the chance for error and cuts costly, repetitive tasks for elections staff and poll workers.
The system’s easy-to-use touch screen is familiar to voters who have come to expect the latest technology. Advanced accessibility features allow all voters to cast their ballots privately and independently.
Additionally, the new Verity AutoBallot option integrates electronic poll books with electronic or paper-based voting. By automatically selecting the proper ballot style based on the check-in process, AutoBallot ensures accuracy and speeds up the voting process to reduce long lines at the polling place.
These features and every other Verity function were carefully vetted during the Tennessee certification process. Combined with the rigors of federal certification by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), Tennessee’s process assures election stakeholders that the system will deliver trustworthy results on behalf of the state’s voters.
For more information on the Verity Voting system, please visit www.hartintercivic.com/voting-solutions/verityoverview/.