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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 13, 2013
Contact:

Shawn Devine, Kitsap County Auditor - Elections Division Communications Coordinator
360-337-7128, sdevine@co.kitsap.wa.us

No: 2013-019

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 staff."

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 hardware

  • 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 level.

"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 www.facebook.com/KitsapCountyAuditor.

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