Instant Runoff Voting and the Single Transferable Vote Elections Online

OpenSTV

Desktop software for counting votes with ranked-choice voting.

Download OpenSTV

OpaVote

A web app to run ranked-choice voting elections online.

  • Run a secure election with up to one million voters where OpaVote emails each voter a voting link.
  • Run a poll where anyone can vote and optionally embed a poll widget on your own website.
  • Send reminder emails to voters who haven't voted to increase participation.
  • View results and download ballots at the end of the election.

Run an Online Election with OpaVote

To implement your own ranked-choice voting elections with OpaVote and OpenSTV:

  1. Run an entire election online using OpaVote or
  2. Collect the votes on your own (e.g., via paper ballots) and count the votes with OpenSTV.

Please send questions about OpaVote and OpenSTV to our Facebook page, our Google+ page, or our email group at openstv at googlegroups.com.

OpenSTV 2.3.0, OpaVote updates, and new ballot files

We've been remiss in providing blog updates so here is a summary of updates over the past few months.

OpenSTV 2.3.0 was released on January 1, 2014. A bug was found in OpenSTV that would cause it to crash in rare situations, and this release fixes that bug.

OpaVote is continually being updated. Recent updates have focused on improving the management pages for election managers. For example, OpaVote now provides much better error messages when a manager provides incorrect input.

In addition, new ballot data has been added to OpenSTV's ballot data repository. The new data includes:

New release of OpenSTV and updates to OpaVote

OpenSTV 2.2.0 has been released and is now available for download. The new features include:

  • Ranked-choice voting as used in Oakland County, California
  • Improved reports for Condorcet voting with a Condorcet ranking of all candidates (including cycles)

The process of purchasing OpenSTV has also changed as we are no longer using the honor system, and you must explicitly request a discount. We have been using the honor system for about two and a half years, but unfortunately it does not work. Even some of the most prestigious universities in the world are not so honorable.

Electoral reform updates from around the world

The entire summer has gone by without a blog post! I try to post with updates from electoral reform organizations, and below is a summary of some recent updates I have received. Links provide more details.

Electoral Reform Australis Largest Remainder Newsletter from August 2013 (link)

  • Senate Election 2013 – a potential train wreck by Stephen Lesslie
  • Future Meetings –The next meeting will be held on Monday 23 September 2013 at 7:30 pm.

Fair Vote Canada August Newsletter (link)

  • August Campaign Updates
  • Help Us Hit 25,000 Signatures on the Declaration of Voters’ Rights by September 19

Voting Matters Issue 30 with review of OpaVote and OpenSTV

Voting Matters is an online journal whose purpose is to advance the understanding of preferential voting systems. It is published irregularly when there is sufficient content for a new issue. The articles are always interesting and I'm always looking forward to the next issue.

The most recent issue has a review of OpaVote and OpenSTV! Here is a list of all the articles:

  • The first paper, by I.D. Hill, makes the case for using Meek's computer-oriented version of STV for Scotland's STV elections.
  • In the second paper, Lee Naish discusses a system of partial disclosure of STV results that can be used to preclude the enforcement of certain coercive voting practices.

Lincoln wins OpaVote Oscars Best Picture Poll

The OpaVote and FairVote poll for Oscars Best Picture is now closed. Lincoln took a strong lead in the first round and easily held it through the end to obtain a majority of votes and beat Argo 23 to 17. Soon we will see if OpaVote predicts the official results!

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