County's election equipment supplier opens first Michigan office in Auburn Hills

Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown (left) and Peter Lichtenheld, vice president of operations for Hart Intercivic, celebrate the opening of the company's first Michigan office in Auburn Hills, 1091 Centre Road, Suite 170, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (Natalie Broda/The Oakland Press)

 

Hart Intercivic celebrated the opening of its first Michigan office Tuesday morning in Auburn Hills.

The Texas-based election equipment supplier signed 10-year contracts with Oakland County and 10 other counties around the state earlier this year.

That new equipment, Hart Intercivic’s Verity Voting System, will be used by every community holding a municipal election Nov. 7.

Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown said communities around the county will now have direct access to service as well as extra parts and equipment.

“One of the terms I negotiated during our contract dealings was that Hart open and maintain a staffed office in Oakland County,” said Brown. “I’m thrilled to be seeing this come to fruition and bring a new business not just to Michigan, but to Oakland County.”

Ease of use, forward-looking technology and excellent customer service made Hart Intercivic the clear choice for Oakland County, according to Brown.

Brown was joined by 10 other county clerks at the company’s office, 1091 Centre Road, Suite 170, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In January, the state entered into 10-year contracts with three voting equipment manufacturing vendors to replace the 12-year-old equipment.

Local clerks were then given the option of selecting which of the three vendors to provide new election equipment.

By Mark Cavitt, mcavitt@digitalfirstmedia.com,, @MarkCavitt on Twitter