Muskegon County gets more than $670K for new voting equipment

Muskegon County election staff reviewed voting system options available in Michigan and Hart InterCivic's Verity was chosen to replace the county's current aging equipment.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI -- The State of Michigan is providing Muskegon County with more than $672,000 to purchase new voting equipment.

Muskegon County election staff reviewed voting system options available in Michigan and Hart InterCivic's Verity was chosen to replace the county's current aging equipment.County Clerk Nancy Waters, county election staff, information technology personnel and other local election stakeholders conducted the review to compare system features.

"The criteria considered included all elements important to election administration, including the voters served," Waters said in a statement. "We evaluated the systems for how they would meet the needs of the entire county for the next 10 years. Hart came out ahead in every category."

Among the categories of comparison were transparency and security, which create voter confidence in election processes and results.

County election staff also looked for the easiest to use, most voter-friendly system and full-featured Election Management Software

Verity is low maintenance and has high-speed, precinct-based scanning, which will help the County Clerk's Office release election results to the public quickly.

Waters said Verity best meets the needs of Muskegon County residents.

"We are eager to get started with the new system and use it in our August election," she said. "We look forward to working with our city and township clerks along with Hart InterCivic to modernize elections in Muskegon County for the next decade."