ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ramsey County put its new Verity® Voting system to the test in the August 9 state primary election. The system passed with flying colors. Verity, federally certified in 2015, is the latest voting technology from Hart InterCivic.
Election officials in Ramsey County, with nearly 300,000 registered voters, reported widespread satisfaction from both voters and election judges.
"We had an all-time record low number of complaints about any voting system," said Ramsey County Election Manager Joe Mansky, whose department oversees 172 precincts and more than 1,400 poll workers. "When judges went out at 6 a.m. on Election Day to open the polls, there were no problems reported. That's remarkable," he said.
For Mansky, who made a secure system a top priority in selecting Verity last October, the close of Election Day was also a milestone. "With Verity, each ballot counter came back to headquarters completely under lock and seal and was opened there," he emphasized.
"The strength of this system is its security features," Mansky said. "There is no networking, no modem, nothing connected to the outside world. Not even our county election servers are networked."
Verity, which meets rigorous standards set by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the State of Minnesota, has been adopted in five states eager to replace aging equipment leading up to the November general election. The launches have been smooth.
"Verity is designed to roll out seamlessly, as the Ramsey launch proves," said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic. "Local officials organized layers of hands-on training, and the results were rewarding all-around. We look forward to partnering with Ramsey County in running efficient, secure, transparent elections for years to come."
Other highlights cited by Ramsey officials included efficient tallies of absentee ballots and positive feedback from voters with disabilities who used the Verity Touch Writer ballot marking device for the first time.
"The words we kept hearing were 'easy to use,'" Mansky said.
"We have no worries about Verity in November."
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 company's new Verity Voting system makes voting more straightforward, equitable and accessible—and makes managing elections more transparent, more efficient and easier.
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