COUPEVILLE, Wash., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Island County has chosen Verity Voting by Hart InterCivic to upgrade their election system before the May presidential primary. The choice was based on two core values, said County Auditor Sheilah Crider: "Trust and transparency."
"We have been a Hart customer for more than 10 years and are very comfortable with the quality of the Hart system, the integrity of its programs and their high level of customer service," she said. "Hart's people as well as equipment make the company a valuable partner in the election process. We can entrust our county elections to Verity."
"Island County is among the growing number of counties in Washington to upgrade to Verity, and we appreciate their confidence in a smooth, efficient transition," said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. "We will exceed the County's expectations."
Transparency, accuracy and efficiency are bywords in Island County, where the public is invited to observe the Hart system at work any time ballots are being processed.
"We take every step to assure our voters and the general public that our election process is transparent, credible and accurate. That is our highest mandate," Crider said. With Verity, that includes a streamlined and time-saving scanning process, part of a state-of-the-art ballot tally solution.
Verity is the only second generation digital solution to pass rigorous state and national certification standards. Hart designed Verity from the ground up based on decades of election experience and with direct input from Washington users.
Crider looks forward to faster data processing in a system that is easy to learn and operate – a system backed by Hart's excellent service and support. "We have never had issues with Hart equipment. This is my ninth November in this position, and we have had no equipment issues. If we have questions, we always have access to someone at Hart who can help."
"As a relatively small county with high voter turnout, we enjoy the efficiency of using Hart to create and process our ballots. This efficiency and accuracy is a vital part of serving our county," she added. Island County has about 51,000 registered voters, a number Crider expects to grow this year.
Training and installation of the Verity system are scheduled for two weeks in March, and the system will be ready for the May balloting, or even an April special election if necessary.
"Verity will be easy for us to adapt to. We may not need the entire two weeks of training," said Crider. "But, if needed, we know we can always get a quick response from Hart – by phone, email or in person."
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 more straightforward, more equitable and more accessible—and ensures that managing elections is more transparent, more efficient and easier.
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