||March 13, 2013
Shawn Devine, Kitsap County Auditor -
Elections Division Communications Coordinator
New ballot counting equipment improves efficiency
Port Orchard - Voters can count on increased
efficiency and reduced costs when the Kitsap County Auditor - Elections
Division begins using new equipment later this year.
The Elections Division has agreed to purchase a new
ballot counting system from Hart InterCivic, an Austin, Texas based
company. The new equipment replaces the current 18-year-old system.
"Our new ballot counting system enables us to further
modernize the Elections Division by replacing equipment that is ancient
by current standards," Kitsap County Auditor Walt Washington said. "I
anticipate a marked improvement for voters and Elections Division
Kitsap is the 25th county in Washington to use this
system, in addition to numerous other counties using Hart equipment
nationally. The new counting system replaces the current optical scan
system, with a more efficient digital scan system. Other benefits of the
Hart system include:
Lighter paper weight means no
additional postage for large ballots
Uses less expensive, off-the-shelf
Voters will mark their choices by
filling in blocks instead of connecting arrows
Hart InterCivic is a leader in
electronic voting solutions, pioneering easy-to-use tools for voters and
elections staff. Their system is certified at both the state and federal
"This is an exciting opportunity to
partner with Kitsap County Elections to provide a state-of-the-art
ballot counting system that meets all of their needs,"
said Hart InterCivic West Region Director of Sales Justin Morris.
"We are committed to making this a smooth transition for
the Elections Division and Kitsap County voters."
The Elections Division anticipates the system will be
in use for the Aug. 6, Primary Election.
"Our previous Dominion Voting system
lasted nearly two decades and provided great value to Kitsap voters, but
it has limitations and is showing its age,"
Elections Division Manager Dolores Gilmore said. "The
new system allows us to streamline our operations, which is critical
especially during larger General Elections."
Images of the new system and ballot are available at
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