AUSTIN, Texas, April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jurisdictions looking to replace aging voting systems with the latest technology will welcome today's news. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has granted certification of the latest release of the Verity® Voting system from election technology pioneer Hart InterCivic. Verity is the first all-new election technology platform to achieve EAC certification in years; its forward-thinking design is based on more than a decade of election technology experience. This new release adds electronic voting to the Verity family, whose paper ballot technology already set new standards for ease of use and trust.
"The Verity family is growing," said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. "With this new release, jurisdictions now have the power to run any type of election on one modern, integrated platform that provides unmatched versatility and efficiency. This latest release builds on Hart's promise to continually expand and improve upon Verity. We have a history of innovation, and this second EAC certification – close on the heels of our first release – demonstrates our strong commitment to meeting our customers' needs."
The latest version of Verity adds Verity Touch, which is the only all-new direct-recording electronic (DRE) device on the market that complies with current federal guidelines. Verity Touch offers the best voting experience, based on AIGA/EAC "Design for Democracy" ballots, and new levels of efficiency for election administrators. Verity Touch is especially appealing for counties considering Early Voting or Vote Centers, since it can easily manage many ballot styles in one location. Unique to Hart's system is its innovative centralized management of up to 12 connected Touch devices, greatly simplifying election administration.
The newest release of Verity also includes Verity Print, an on-demand ballot printer in a compact, portable case. Verity Print is used to print ballots as needed, saving on the guesswork and waste of pre-printing ballots.
The new Verity AutoBallot option integrates electronic poll books with electronic or paper-based voting. By automatically selecting the proper ballot style based on the check-in process, AutoBallot ensures accuracy and speeds up the voting process, to reduce long lines at the polling place.
Verity Voting's first release was certified by the EAC in May 2015 and is already in use in six states, with combined voter registration of more than 1.5 million. Existing Verity users and new customers will benefit not only from the new products in the Verity family, but also from a host of other enhancements, such as faster ballot production and new recount and reporting features.
Hart expects to announce several new Verity commitments within weeks, Braithwaite reported from the company's Austin headquarters. He added, "Verity is taking off. We are working quickly to change the election landscape by providing modern, flexible options that will serve voters for years to come."
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 company's new Verity Voting system makes voting more straightforward, equitable and accessible—and makes managing elections more transparent, more efficient and easier.