OpenSTV is now part of OpaVote

Since 2003, the OpenSTV project has been dedicated to improving democracy by providing professional quality software for the single transferable vote and other ranked-choice voting methods.

OpenSTV has now been incorporated into the OpaVote online voting website. All of the features of OpenSTV are now available by creating a Count at OpaVote for a price of 5 cents/voter. The only difference is that you need an Internet connection to use OpaVote whereas you did not for OpenSTV. Since Internet connections are now available just about anywhere, we are no longer supporting OpenSTV.

For a limited period of time, we will be providing one-year renewals for existing customers for the price of $400 per year. We will not be providing OpenSTV to any new customers.

OpaVote provides a better experience than OpenSTV and will be less expensive for most of our customers. We hope that OpaVote meets all of your needs, and we apologize for any inconveniences during the transition.

OpenSTV version 2.4.0 released

A new version of OpenSTV has been released! The new features in this release relate to Condorcet voting.

  • The Copeland version of Condorcet has been added.
  • More informative reports (example)
  • Condorcet methods can now elect multiple winners. This is equivalent to sequentially running multiple Condorcet elections and removing the winner each time.

This is probably the last release of OpenSTV because I am moving OpenSTV online. At OpaVote, you can create a "Count" here which counts ballots using OpenSTV.

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.
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