BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When Ada County voters cast their ballots in their first presidential preference vote early next year, they won't be waiting until after breakfast to learn the results. As part of a two-year improvement plan, Ada County is replacing aging equipment with Verity Voting by Hart InterCivic, a technologically advanced system that is expected to shave hours off the vote-counting process.
When the polls close on Election Day, Verity features immediate ballot counting at the precinct level and replaces a system that required trucking all ballots to a central site for tedious counting that often lasted all night.
"We are excited to bring in a next generation system. It is easier for poll workers and easier for voters," said Phil McGrane, Chief Deputy at the Ada County Clerk's Office.
"We have over 200,000 registered voters in Ada County, which means a lot of ballots to count. Verity will speed up the process and allow us to get final results out for many elections before the evening news," McGrane said after Ada County commissioners approved the partnership with Hart.
Ada County and Hart will work together to kick off Idaho's presidential election cycle with the preference vote scheduled for March 8, 2016. The switch also will bring more accessible voting and additional early voting centers to the home of the state capital, Boise.
"Verity's accessible ballot marking device has been very well received by Idahoans who need assistance due to visual, learning or mobility challenges," said Scott Hoover of Disability Rights Idaho.
"We are proud to partner with Ada County, known for its leadership in Idaho," said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. "We look forward to serving more customers in Idaho and across the northwest," Braithwaite continued.
"We have an executive presence in Boise and are looking at plans to expand support staff and facilities in the area. The supply chain is in place to support clients for decades."
Verity software is new, intuitive and easy to use. It supports paper and audio ballots, is fully accessible to all voters and is certified to strict federal and Idaho standards. In addition, the compact size of Verity's components can factor into warehousing and transportation cost savings. Not only does the briefcase design save warehouse space, the system is easy to transport and set up on Election Day.
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, our mission is to help advance democracy one election at a time. This mission fuels our passionate customer focus and our continuous drive for technological innovation. The new Verity Voting system makes voting more straightforward, more equitable and more accessible—and makes managing elections more transparent, more efficient and easier.
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