Hart InterCivic Verity Touch
Make / Model: Hart Intercivic eScan
Equipment Type: Ballot Marking Devices
The Verity Touch is a direct recording electronic voting device included in Hart Intercivic’s Verity 2.0 voting system. The Verity Access component (pictured below) adds tactile buttons, audio ballots and compatibility with common adaptive devices.
The Verity Touch Writer is a standalone precinct level Ballot Marker Device which also includes an Audio Tactile Interface (ATI), which allows voters who cannot complete a paper ballot to generate a machine-readable and human readable ballot, based on vote selections made, using the ATI. Once the voter has completed voting, their ballot is printed onto regular ballot paper and following the county’s ballot processing procedures would be incorporated in the canvassing process.
Verity Central is a high-speed, central digital ballot scanning system used for high volume processing of ballots (such as vote by mail). The unit is based on COTS scanning hardware coupled with the custom Hart developed ballot processing application software. Verity Central allows for ballots to be scanned in bulk for users to review during scanning and through resolution for voter intent. Each ballot has the front and back pages scanned simultaneously to capture all voter marks, supporting duplex ballots. Users with proper training can review the ballots for write-ins and ballots flagged as having voter intent issues (such as overvotes, undervotes, and write-in candidates). Once all votes have been reviewed as indicated by flagging, the ballots are then written as Cast Vote Records (CVRs) to vDrives. The final CVR records on Verity vDrives are then sent to a Verity Count workstation for official tabulation.
Overview of Verity Central Ballot Scanning
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.