OpaVote was created in 2011 and is a continuation of the OpenSTV project that was started in 2003. Our goals at OpaVote are to:
OpaVote was founded by Jeff O'Neill. Jeff's passion for helping people vote the right way motivated him to start writing voting software in 2003 and to found OpaVote in 2011.
Jeff has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a Juris Doctorate. During law school, Jeff was a summer intern at Fair Vote and the National Voting Rights Institute. Jeff wrote a law review article setting forth legal grounds for mandating fairer voting procedures under the U.S. Constitution.
The article, Everything that Can be Counted Does not Necessarily Count: The Right to Vote and the Choice of a Voting System, was published in the Michigan State Law Review, cited by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in upholding the legality of ranked-choice voting in San Francisco, and relied upon by the City of Minneapolis in successfully arguing for the constitutionality of IRV under state law.
Jeff lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and two cats. Jeff also works as a patent attorney at O'Neill Patent Law, runs Patent Bots, and is a director of a conservation non-profit called Earthwise Aware. When not working, Jeff enjoys Cross Fit and binge watching TV shows.