Minnesota Secretary of State Certifies Innovative New Voting Technology
Verity™ Voting system offers new choice for voters and election officials
Jun 23, 2015, 03:51 ET
AUSTIN, Texas, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Upon completion of an extensive system evaluation by the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, the Verity Voting system by Hart InterCivic has been certified for use in all Minnesota elections. That means that all jurisdictions in the state can now use Verity Voting's new paper ballot scanners and accessible ballot-marking devices for polling location use and a new high-speed, scalable central scan solution for processing absentee ballots.
The Verity Voting system offers a completely new choice for all jurisdictions in the State looking to replace their aging voting systems. Verity uses advanced voting technology to easily address all of Minnesota's election needs, including built-in accessibility features that grant equality of access for all voters.
- The state certification was awarded on June 16, 2015 by the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office after the system met the state's comprehensive testing requirements.
- The decision by the Minnesota Secretary of State office permits Verity to be purchased and used in elections by any jurisdiction in the state.
- The Secretary of State has certified the following Verity Voting system hardware and software components: Verity Scan, Verity Touch Writer, Verity Central Scan, Verity Build, Verity Central, and Verity Count.
- Verity's accessibility and privacy features ensure an equal voter experience for all.
- Verity provides the most modern, secure and easily auditable elections. Election officials are able to quickly verify system operation and accuracy due to efficient, transparent software validation and plain language audit reporting.
- When casting a ballot at a polling location, voters using Verity will scan their paper ballots using Verity Scan. Voters with disabilities may use the Verity Touch Writer ballot marking device with accessibility features to mark their ballots electronically before scanning them. Absentee ballots will be processed using the high-speed Verity Central scan solution.
- In May 2015, Verity received federal certification from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). More information about federal certification requirements can be found here.
Phillip Braithwaite, President & CEO of Hart InterCivic, said "This milestone brings a fresh alternative to jurisdictions and voters of Minnesota. They will appreciate the dynamic improvements Verity brings to election management and the voting experience. The system instills the utmost confidence that each vote is captured securely and counted accurately, while also ensuring equality of access and privacy for all."
Justin Morris, Director of Sales, West Region, Hart InterCivic, said "From its beginning, the Verity system was designed to be Minnesota-centric, meeting or exceeding the state's voting system requirements. With the system certified in Minnesota, jurisdictions now have the opportunity to experience firsthand the voting innovations that Verity has to offer."
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, we share our customers' dedication to ensuring the sanctity of the vote. 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 that makes voting more straightforward, more equitable and more accessible—and makes managing elections more transparent, more efficient and easier.
Headquartered in the vibrant city of Austin, Texas, Hart InterCivic fosters an environment that spurs innovation and empowers employees to deliver great experiences to our customers.
For more information on the Verity Voting system, please visit www.hartintercivic.com/verityoverview.
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