Charlottesville Hosts Mock Election to Test New Voting System
"Verity" voting system
People in Charlottesville have the chance to test out new voting equipment that isn't even on the market yet. The city's voter registration office is hosting a mock election that features demonstrations on a new voting system.
A company called Hart InterCivic is Charlottesville’s current voting machine supplier. Representatives from Texas are in town to give voters a hands-on opportunity to try out their prototype machine. The electronic machine is touch-screen, features a dial device and has audio capability for the vision-impaired.
To test the "verity" voting system, people will first fill out a mock ballot at the accessible ballot marking device. Once the vote is cast, they can print out the ballot and insert it through the digital precinct scanner to be counted.
Charlottesville's Voter Registrar Sheri Iachetta says the office always strives to be proactive in keeping up with new trends.
“This is what's out there for the future of voting equipment so we wanted to bring it to Charlottesville and to let people look at it, to demonstrate and to see what people think,” said Iachetta.
The system is not yet certified and still being tested for feedback. The Virginia State Board of Elections will be in Charlottesville Wednesday to view the demonstration.
You have a chance to try out the system at the City Hall Annex until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials will also be on hand to people through the demonstration Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
City of Charlottesville Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -The Office of Voter Registration will be holding a press conference to outline the details of a voting system demonstration by Hart Intercivic.
The demonstration will take place on Tuesday, October 29 at 10:00 am in the voter registration office located at 120 7th Street, Rm. 122, in the City Hall Annex. Members of the public will have the opportunity to test the equipment in a Mock Election on Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30 during the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Voters in Recreation Precinct will also have the opportunity to review and comment on the system on Election Day.
Hart Intercivic is the City's current voting machine supplier and has developed a new voting system, called Verity. According to Hart Intercivic, "The voting devices that the public can try are pre-production pilot units intended to offer a good overall sense of the voting experience. This system is a combination of digital ballot scanning and accessible ballot marking devices that allow all voters to have the same paper ballots, for equal, private voting."
At the links are copies of the survey and the mock election ballot.
For more information contact 970-3250.
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