Klickitat County Selects Hart InterCivic’s Verity Voting

Choice Made for Secure, Reliable Election System and Strong Customer

GOLDENDALE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/hartintercivic?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#hartinterciviclt;/agt;–When Klickitat County voters mark their next mail-in ballots, counting
will be handled by the new Verity®
 system from long-time election partner Hart
. 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. Verity’s 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 County’s 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 company’s decade-plus
experience with the technology has strongly influenced Verity’s design.
Verity’s hardware and software features make by-mail voting secure and
transparent. A main component of the U.S.-built system is Verity
, 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 Verity’s 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.

“We’re 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: “Hart’s 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.”

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
accessible—and makes managing elections more transparent, more efficient
and easier.


Steven Sockwell

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