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Hart Intercivic
Hart InterCivic makes electronic voting equipment and document management software for state and local governments. It also provides banknote paper and document services for government clients. The company was founded as a division of Hart Graphics, a commercial printer that operated from 1912 to 2001. Originally known as Hart Forms & Services and Hart Information Services, the business was spun off from Hart Graphics in 1999 and changed its name to Hart InterCivic in 2000. The company is owned by Chairman David Hart and outside investors, which include Stratford Capital and Texas Growth Fund.

Whistleblower: Voting Machine Company Lied to Election Officials About Reliability of Machines PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kim Zetter   
March 31, 2008
This artilce was posted at Wired.com's Threat Level Blog and is reposted here with permission of the author.

hartA former technician who worked for Hart InterCivic -- a voting machine company based in Texas -- has alleged that his company lied to election officials about the accuracy, testing, reliability and security of its voting machines. The whistleblower says the company did so because it was eager to obtain some of the approximately $4 billion in federal funds that Congress allocated to states in 2002 to purchase new voting equipment under the Help America Vote Act (aka HAVA).

The technician, William Singer, filed a qui tam lawsuit on the federal government's behalf last year but the lawsuit remained sealed until today, according to the Associated Press, when the U.S. Attorney's office decided it would not join Singer in the litigation. Singer maintains that Hart was paid federal money under false pretenses for the eSlate machines it sold to states. He's now pursuing the case without the government and, according to a voicemail message that one of his lawyers left me, he's now doing so in conjunction with Robert Kennedy, Jr. If Singer wins and Hart InterCivic is forced to return funds to the federal government, Singer stands to obtain a percentage of those funds as a party to the suit.

According to the complaint filed in the lawsuit, Singer worked as a computer technician for Hart from 2001 to early 2004 when he says he resigned due to the company's fraudulent acts and misrepresentations.
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Manatron Agrees to Buy Records Management Solutions Business from Hart InterCivic, Inc. PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Manatron Press Release   
August 21, 2007
- This acquisition, when completed, is expected to:
- Add more than 50 clients in 13 states
- Expand Manatron's reach to 40 states, adding Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Texas
- Increase Manatron's recurring software maintenance and hosting revenues by approximately $4.0 million on an annualized basis
- Improve Manatron's backlog for licenses and services by $4.8 million
- Round out Manatron's GRM(R) product suite with a .NET-based records management system and robust feature-set

Manatron, Inc., the nation's leading provider of integrated property tax solutions for state and local governments, announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Hart InterCivic, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based provider of Election solutions, Records Management solutions, Geo-content solutions and Print solutions for state and local governments. Manatron has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Hart's Records Management Solutions Business and assume certain contractual liabilities for approximately $4.8 million in cash. The closing is expected to occur on August 31, 2007.

The Records Management Business includes more than 50 municipalities in 13 states, including King County, Washington (Seattle); Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Charlotte); and Wayne County, Michigan (Detroit). Hart provides document management and workflow automation through its suite of records management applications tailored for the County Recorder's office. Hart's A2 software product, built on the Microsoft .NET Framework, serves as the County Recorder's "enterprise" system, handling all main functions contained in a typical document recording workflow. Cindy Phillips, General Manager of the Records Management Business and approximately 35 other Hart employees are expected to join Manatron in connection with this acquisition and will continue to work out of Hart's headquarters until Manatron establishes an office in Austin.

Gregg Burt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hart InterCivic, welcomed this acquisition, stating, "We are happy to see this line of business go to the hands of a trusted name in the property records market, and we are confident that Manatron has the best interests of our clients and employees in mind. We look forward to continued business opportunities to partner with Manatron, particularly in the geo-content space."
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Observations of a Poll Worker: A Critique Of The eSlate PDF  | Print |  Email
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By David J. Maschek, pollworker in Houston, Texas   
November 15, 2006

This article appeared at Fort Bend Now. It is reposted here with permission of the author. 

 

The possibilities of vote fraud by computer hacking have been widely discussed in the news media. A more immediate concern should be electronic voting equipment that is not user-friendly.

 

With the Hart Intercivic eSlate, our polling place’s Presiding Judge and I had to answer an extraordinary number of requests for voter assistance on Election Day 2006. Most, but not all, of these calls for help came from elderly people or voters with heavy accents. Voters under 50 years of age seemed to need less help, and young people hardly any at all.

On Election Day 2006, I was an Assistant Judge at the Townewest Town Hall in Fort Bend County. I’m a Democrat. The Presiding Judge is a Republican. We took turns at the JBC, which is the eSlate’s controller, and with the very numerous requests for help from voters.

Two precincts voted at our polling location, one in the 9th US House District and the other in the 22nd. We had twelve booths and four additional clerks.

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Who is Counting Your Votes? - A Closer Look at Hart InterCivic PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Pokey Anderson   
November 01, 2006
Once upon a time, hardly anybody in America had ever heard of Diebold. But then, its CEO visited George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, returned to his home state of Ohio, and penned a fundraising letter. He invited people to a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser to benefit Republicans, saying he was, "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." Walden O'Dell, then-CEO of Diebold, seemed stunned by the firestorm of criticism he had ignited. He apologized, later resigning as CEO.

 

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Hart InterCivic Agrees to Comply with Future Open Source Mandate PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Open Voting Foundation   
August 16, 2006
Hart InterCivic became the second voting machine vendor to agree to comply with any requirement to publicly disclose technical information about how their voting machines work should that become a requirement of state or federal law. At today's San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meeting, where the contract was approved, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Warren Slocum stated that the contract was worded to make it clear that Hart InterCivic would comply with any future voting system requirements that become law including, "open source."

In June, Alameda County made a similar stipulation in their contract with Sequoia Voting Systems. These developments are significant because the main objection to AB 2097 (Goldberg, D-Los Angeles), sponsored by Open Voting Consortium, was that vendors might leave the state rather than comply with public disclosure of their voting system technology. "One-by-one, we will remove the obstacles to our goal," said Alan Dechert, President of Open Voting Consortium. "Voters have a right to know how their votes are counted. For some reason, Legislators feared that our bill could lead to a situation where no voting machine vendors would want to do business in California, or it might lead to a sole source. Today, we have proof that multiple vendors, if not all, will cooperate."

Open Voting Consortium is a nonprofit non stock California corporation that seeks to bring about voting systems where your ballot is secret, but all other aspects of election administration are subject to public review in a regular and systematic way.
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