America’s aging voting machines increase the risk of Election Day problems, according to a recent report from the Brennan Center for Justice. However, rapidly changing election technology opens the door to voting systems that are more reliable, more usable and less expensive.
“Aging voting systems are a serious issue that must be proactively addressed,” said Phillip Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic, referring to recent news stories about aging election systems based on the Center’s report.
“Failing systems are not Hart systems,” he emphasized. “We support all Hart technologies, and 94 percent of the jurisdictions we serve rank our customer service as excellent or above average.”
“But when states are ready for a replacement, Hart InterCivic’s new Verity Voting system is the most advanced solution in the U.S., and it is available NOW. We can have Verity in place quickly,” he said, pointing to numerous recent Verity implementations.
Federally certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), Verity was developed to be responsive to the needs of election officials and all voters, including those with disabilities. Over the lifetime of the voting equipment, Verity’s unique, adaptable architecture can efficiently respond to changes in ballot formatting rules, reporting needs or other election management tasks. Verity’s software is new, intuitive and easy to use. Its briefcase design saves warehouse space, and the system is easy to transport and set up on Election Day.
In the states where Hart InterCivic’s Verity is already certified for purchase, the system can be in place well before the November 2016 general elections.
“We know some jurisdictions are worried about the performance of their aging equipment in the face of the 2016 Presidential Election,” said Braithwaite. “We encourage them to look at Verity instead of Band-Aids.”