Colgate University used OpaVote for a faculty election in March 2013.
OpenSTV was started in in the Fall of 2002 by Jeff O'Neill, who needed an excuse to get away from the mountain of reading required by the first year of law school. The code was first released in October 2003 under the name pSTV. The "p" in pSTV stood for Python as the code was and is written entirely in the Python programing language. The name was changed from pSTV to OpenSTV in October 2006 to better reflect the nature of the software. Jeff started OpenSTV partly out of an academic interest and partly out of frustration for the lack of available tools for conducting STV elections.