Muskegon County Selects Most Advanced Voting System

Verity Voting System from Hart InterCivic Scored Highest in Rigorous Selection Process

MUSKEGON, MI, Mar. 13, 2017 – Following a thorough review of voting system options available to Michigan counties, Muskegon County has selected Hart InterCivic’s Verity® voting system to replace its aging election equipment. County Clerk Nancy A. Waters, with the support of county election staff, information technology (IT) personnel and other local city and township election stakeholders, conducted a rigorous process to compare critical system features.

“This decision was not taken lightly,” Waters said. “The criteria considered included all elements important to election administration, including the voters served. We evaluated the systems for how they would meet the needs of the entire county for the next ten years. Hart came out ahead in every category.”

Categories of comparison included auditability, transparency and security – characteristics that determine voter confidence in election processes and results. The County evaluation team sought the most voter-friendly system with the easiest to use and most full-featured Election Management Software. The team found Verity to meet these criteria and determined that the system is the most low- maintenance, fully certified, modern system available. Its robust supply chain and modular design makes for easy parts replacement. High-speed, precinct-based scanning will help the County Clerk’s Office get election results out to the public quickly.

“We believe Verity best meets the needs of Muskegon County,” Waters added. “We are eager to get started with the new system and use it in our August election. 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.”

The State of Michigan will be providing Muskegon County with more than $672,000 for this new equipment.