Wednesday, February 7, 2024

OpaVote’s 2024 HECVAT Lite Assessment Now Available

OpaVote is trusted by many higher-education institutions to run elections and polls -- from board, senate, and committee elections to approval of resolutions and rules changes.

As part of our commitment to secure and reliable online voting, and our dedication to making choosing OpaVote as streamlined as possible for institutional IT departments, we're thrilled to announce that OpaVote has completed its first HECVAT Lite assessment.

The HECVAT Lite assessment is a security assessment toolkit designed for colleges and universities, and is applicable beyond just education.

Security is paramount in voting systems, and a HECVAT Lite assessment from your online voting provider demonstrates how they’ve taken steps to preserve the integrity of democratic elections on their platform.

Election managers can request OpaVote’s HECVAT Lite documentation to verify the cybersecurity controls, policies, and procedures we have in place to protect sensitive institutional and constituent information.

To request our 2024 HECVAT Lite documentation, contact us at

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

OpaVote is Under New Management

OpaVote has been trusted by organizations around the world for easy, reliable and affordable voting for decades. In late 2023, OpaVote’s founder, Jeff, began looking for someone to take over operations. Cohere, a small democratic software worker-cooperative, heard about Jeff’s search through CalRCV and reached out. We got on a call together, and everything clicked. As of January 1st, 2024 Cohere has taken full responsibility for OpaVote’s continued operations.

OpaVote has earned a reputation for its robust security and versatility in supporting various election types. Cohere plans to build on the platform's strengths and improve its accessibility and usability to ease the adoption of democratic decision-making in organizations large and small.

Already, we have completed a HECVAT Lite security risk and compliance assessment and integrated OpaVote support and assistance into our workflows.

We’d love to hear from you about how we can best support you in nurturing democratic practices at your organizations and in your community. Please share your thoughts and suggestions to We intend to make this transition as smooth as possible for you, and your insights will play a crucial role in shaping the future of OpaVote.

We look forward to embarking on this exciting journey together!

Best regards from all of us at Cohere
Ana, Betsy, Damien, Jennifer, Mae and Zee