Klickitat County Selects Hart InterCivic’s Verity Voting

When Klickitat County voters mark their next mail-in ballots, counting will be handled by the new Verity Voting system from long-time election partner Hart InterCivic. Verity, gaining momentum among Washington locales, was chosen over other election systems for its security, reliability and technical support.

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We weighed a number of factors in replacing our older equipment. We saw demonstrations, went to the election conference and talked with other users. Veritys features met our needs, said County Auditor Brenda Sorensen, who has more than 40 years experience working in elections and is in her 13th year serving Klickitat County.

Klickitat County has chosen the most efficient and trustworthy scanning system on the market, and we appreciate the Countys continued confidence in Hart, said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, a U.S. company with more than 100 years of experience providing election solutions. We are pleased to see another Washington county choose Verity. Asotin and Clark counties have recently switched to Verity as well, he said.

Hart pioneered digital ballot scanning, and the companys decade-plus experience with the technology has strongly influenced Veritys design. Veritys hardware and software features make by-mail voting secure and transparent. A main component of the U.S.-built system is Verity Central, with streamlined workflow, logical onscreen adjudication and no ballot pre-sorting required. The high-speed digital scanning and adjudication solution combines advanced software with Hart-integrated, enterprise-grade scanners from Canon. See Verity Central in action here.

ADA accessibility and ease of programming for election staff were also important considerations, Sorensen said. We like Veritys ease of use and security features. Hart has great customer service.

Klickitat County will begin acceptance testing and training in late February and may vote using Verity as early as April if a special election is called. Otherwise, they expect to debut the system in August.

Were looking forward to continuing our journey with Hart. They are there whenever we need them, and customer service is excellent. Their technical support is everything we expect, and we are confident because of our history with them, said Sorensen, who has worked with Hart in Klickitat County since 2007 and at another jurisdiction before then.

Election Administrator Brandie Sullivan agreed: Harts customer support is amazing.

Federally and state certified since 2015, Verity is in use in numerous jurisdictions throughout the U.S. Braithwaite expects more announcements as a growing number of counties choose Verity over other options.

Sorensen suggests that those counties considering new election systems look hard at security and election integrity features. Check out customer support reviews, technical support reviews and usability features. Those are the factors we compared.

About Hart InterCivic, Inc.

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. Hart’s mission fuels its passionate customer focus and a continuous drive for technological innovation. The company’s new Verity Voting system makes voting more straightforward, equitable and accessibleand makes managing elections more transparent, more efficient and easier.

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