Make / Model: Hart InterCivic Verity Central
Equipment Type: Batch-Fed Optical Scan Tabulator
Verity Central is a batch-fed digital ballot scanning system used to process paper ballots. It is commonly used in jurisdictions with large quantities of by-mail ballots, and is typically implemented in a centralized elections office, where it is operated by authorized elections staff.
Verity Central consists of proprietary software installed on a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) PC workstation, which is integrated with one or more attached COTS scanners. Compatible scanners are batch-fed, and are often loaded with 250 to 500 ballots at time.
Because Verity Central is a digital ballot processing solution, after scanning ballots and interpreting voter marks, the software can efficiently present images of ballots to human reviewers. This capability is especially important for digital adjudication, which allows authorized election staff to review voter marks whose intent the software was unable to interpret (e.g., write-ins; contests with too many choices marked; marginal marks; etc.). After resolving voter intent, human reviewers can use the software to instruct the voting system how to record voter marks for tabulation, without having to retrieve the original physical ballot. (And if reviewers do want to find a particular scanned ballot, Verity Central has batch information to assist staff in locating it.)
Once all ballots flagged for adjudication have been reviewed, voter choices on all scanned ballots are written as Cast Vote Records (CVRs) to portable flash memory drives, which are then transferred to a tabulation workstation for counting and reporting results. It is important to note that Verity Central only scans ballots and writes Cast Vote Records; it does not have tabulation capabilities. (And this can actually be helpful in jurisdictions that wish to scan by-mail ballots in advance of Election Day, without releasing results.)
Hart InterCivic Verity Central demonstration video
Another Hart InterCivic Verity Central demonstration video
Hart entered the elections industry in 1912, printing ballots for Texas counties. The company, formerly a division of Hart Graphics, Inc., was established as a subsidiary called Hart Forms & Services in 1989, which, in 1995, changed its name to Hart Information Services, Inc. During the next five years, Hart Information Services acquired three election services providers: Texas County Printing & Services, Computer Link Corporation, and Worldwide Election Systems. Worldwide was the developer of the eSlate, Hart’s direct recording electronic (DRE) voting solution. In 1999, the company spun off completely from Hart Graphics and in 2000, the company became Hart InterCivic Inc.