Dear Tarrant County Voter:
Starting in November 2019, you will vote using the Hart InterCivic Verity Voting System, a hybrid system that provides a paper trail for every voter, combined with the latest advancement in digital security. Allow me to recap how we got here.
On September 18, 2018, the Commissioners Court was briefed on the types of voting equipment available on the market. After a lengthy discussion, the Court expressed the preference to find a solution that provided a paper trail for the voter to review, and to serve as an added layer of security and redundancy for audits. The Elections Department then set itself on a mission to find the best option available and published an RFP inviting vendors to offer a “hybrid” technology solution.
A Hybrid voting system is one where the voter makes the selection on a digital terminal — also called a direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machine — but unlike a traditional DRE, these terminals do not record the voter’s selections. Instead, those choices are printed on a paper ballot for the voter to review and confirm. Once the voter is satisfied with the contents of the printed ballot, the ballot is inserted into a separate machine — an optical scanner — that counts the ballot and then deposits it in the ballot box.
On August 13, 2019, Tarrant County selected HART InterCivic to replace our old voting technology with its brand new hybrid system. Here are some of the reasons we chose this technology:
We are sure you will be as thrilled as we are when you vote in the next election. As always, if you have questions about our voting system or would like to find out more about becoming a poll worker, please call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-VOTE (8683).
Sincerely,Heider GarciaTarrant County Elections Administrator