Montgomery County commissioners approved the use of its Hart InterCivic voting system for upcoming 2022 elections at a Sept. 13 commissioners court meeting. The county is required by law to formally adopt its voting systems before they can be used to vote.

The county purchased the voting system for $8.1 million in September 2021, following approval from the Secretary of State’s Office. The current model of Hart InterCivic’s voting system underwent a Secretary of State examination in January 2021, with observers reporting “no issues” with most of the system’s parts.

Elections Administrator Suzie Harvey was absent from the Sept. 13 meeting due to illness, and no commissioners offered comment on the resolution.

Several local elections for municipal utility districts—including those that are at least partially in Montgomery County—have used the current version this year. Harris County Elections switched to the Hart InterCivic system in 2021.

At the Sept. 13 meeting, commissioners also approved fees for renting out county election equipment to elections where Montgomery County has been contracted to provide services—such as Lone Star Groundwater's board of directors election. Fees are capped at 10% of the purchase price of each piece of equipment per day of use. The elections department could not immediately confirm how many subdivisions were planning to rent county equipment for the general election, nor how much equipment would be available.