BOISE, Idaho, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Anticipation is building in Ada County, where a new, state-of the-art voting system is expected to slice hours from results reporting for the March 8 election. Verity® Voting by Hart InterCivic has replaced the County's previous system with more efficient vote tallying technology.
With the start of early voting for the Republican presidential primary on February 22, Idaho's largest county, Ada, became the first in the state to launch Verity (and the fourth Idaho county to choose Hart election technology). Training and preparation have been nonstop since Ada County purchased Verity last fall.
"We have trained nearly 800 poll workers and had a lot of positive feedback," said Phil McGrane, Chief Deputy of the Ada County Clerk's Office. "We are happy with Hart's support, and we are able to react quickly to a new approach." Workers will staff 138 polling places on Election Day.
In addition to the new election system, the presidential primary is a new approach, as the preference vote has been separated from other election issues. The 215,000 registered voters in Ada County will have only one question on this ballot.
"It's a new type of election for us, so there are a lot of unknowns," said McGrane. "But it is a good, simple way to launch Verity."
"Precinct counters and election judges are very excited to see how Election Night counting goes." Vote tabulation for previous elections often lasted through 8 a.m. the following morning.
"Most importantly for voters, Verity is very intuitive," McGrane pointed out. "Voters will receive a paper ballot, cast one vote and feed it into a secure scanner. The Verity machine will read and record the ballot, then deposit it into a locked box underneath."
"Results will be downloaded from counting machines at the main office in minutes, not hours. The county's goal is to have results released before midnight," McGrane said.
That's good news for candidates, the media, election workers and, ultimately, the waiting public.
For more information on the Verity Voting system, please visit www.hartintercivic.com/verityoverview.
Austin-based Hart InterCivic is a full service election solutions innovator, partnering with state and local governments to deliver secure, accurate and reliable elections. Working side-by-side with election professionals for more than 100 years, Hart is committed to helping advance democracy one election at a time. The Hart mission fuels passionate customer focus and a continuous drive for technological innovation. The new Verity Voting system makes voting straightforward, equitable and accessible—and ensures that managing elections is transparent, more efficient and easier.
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