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.