SANDPOINT, Idaho, June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonner County is on the fast track to replace clunky, old voting equipment in time for its Aug. 30 school bond election. Officials decided in June to use available funds to upgrade to state-of-the-art election technology, Hart InterCivic's Verity® Voting system.
Verity has passed rigorous state and federal testing, and this forward-looking new system is fueling momentum for Hart in Idaho. Bonner County is the fifth Hart partner in the state.
"Verity brings in far more current technology, and we are looking forward to replacing our 15-year-old equipment," said Michael Rosedale, Bonner County Clerk. "I've talked to three other clerks and they are all glad they chose Hart. I think the rest of the state probably would like to go with Verity, too."
"We chose Hart based on their demos and reputation, but the fact that Ada County just went with them didn't hurt. A county that size can afford the best that money can buy, and they chose Hart."
Rosedale expects training to begin in July and anticipates an easy transition because Verity is intuitive and simple to use for poll workers and voters. He also is looking forward to the compact and lightweight briefcase style of the Verity hardware. Compared to older designs from competitors, Verity will be easier for polling place setup and handling.
Security, savings potential and speed also influenced Bonner County's choice of Verity.
"I'm concerned about fraud," said Rosedale. "This new ballot includes a unique bar code, protecting us against the possibility of someone printing up a stack of counterfeit ballots."
Rosedale also anticipates saving money on ballot production. Verity offers counties the flexibility and choice to source ballots from any certified printer, allowing Bonner County to shop around for the best value.
Speed comes from the Verity Central high-speed scanning solution, which processes a high volume of ballots fast. Verity Central eliminates the need for pre-sorting ballots and makes it easy for election officials to quickly and accurately resolve questionable ballot marks.
And finally, Verity was an affordable choice. "Hart met our price point," Rosedale said. "We had no wiggle room, and they understood that."
"We welcome Bonner County to our growing Hart family in Idaho," said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. "Multiple funding options, including financing, put Verity in reach for most budgets. We hope to serve more Idaho counties soon."
Learn more about the Verity Voting system: 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, equitable and accessible—and ensures that managing elections is more transparent, more efficient and easier.
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