County clerks are deciding what election equipment to purchase, and one clerk has already made the decision.

Muskegon County Clerk Nancy Waters says they selected the Hart InterCivic Verity System. Voters in the Muskegon area will use it for the first time later this year.

Michigan will provide the county with more than $672,000 for the new equipment.

The State Bureau of Elections approved equipment from three different vendors. Clerks around the state will each decide which of the three companies. For Waters, the biggest factor in the decision: ease of use.

The machines will be displayed at community events so voters can become familiar with how they work before they use them.

However, the purchase went away from the recommendation of local clerks and away from a West Michigan business. The Muskegon City Clerk was among several who did not like the company Waters selected.

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