HEMPSTEAD, Texas, Feb. 20, 2018 – Commissioners in rapidly growing Waller County, on the western edge of the Houston metropolitan area, voted Feb. 7 to adopt the most up-to-date voting technology available in the U.S., the Verity® Voting system from longtime election partner Hart InterCivic. Verity is a federally and state certified system designed from the ground up to be easy to use and secure with all new hardware and software.
Waller County officials recognized that equipment purchased with HAVA funds more than a decade ago was due for replacement. Like many election decision-makers throughout Texas and nationwide, they decided it made good fiscal sense to update to the most secure and efficient modern system – Verity.
Verity will debut in Waller County in November 2018 with Hart participating side-by-side during and long after the transition. Election officials look forward to the efficiencies of the new technology, designed and manufactured in Austin. Verity is user friendly and easy to learn for poll workers, who also welcome the lightweight, compact design for simple transport and setup.
In addition, the system’s removable tablet and accessibility features accommodate all voters, including those with disabilities or requiring voting at the curb. Voters also appreciate Verity’s intuitive touchscreen tablet.
“We appreciate Waller County’s confidence in Hart and in Verity. Our relationship dates to 2005, and we look forward to serving the County in the years ahead,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, an Austin-based company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions. “Verity’s technology is modern and versatile; it will serve the County well for many years.”
Waller 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 7,000 Verity devices across the State. Federally certified in 2015, the secure and efficient system is also in use in numerous counties throughout the U.S.
Braithwaite expects more announcements throughout 2018 as jurisdictions refresh their election technology across Texas and nationally.