The outcome of the 2016 election will probably affect every business in the country in some way, but for Boston startup Clear Ballot the vote itself represents a launchpad for big growth in 2017 and beyond.

Clear Ballot is trying to break into the voting machine market in the U.S., which is currently dominated by a handful of providers with notoriously outdated systems. In 2016, Clear Ballot will be the primary voting system in 57 percent of precincts in Oregon, said Chief Operating Officer Jordan…