GotToVote - Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe

GotToVote! is a suite of tools that help citizens understand how to register for elections and then helps them find their nearest voter registration centre. GotToVote also helps citizens follow the election results. Currently GotToVote is used in Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

A little background. GotToVote started off as a simple experiment to make data otherwise locked in government, useful to the general public.

When the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission released voter registration centres locations information in the 2013 Kenyan Elections, they made it available as a PDF on their otherwise always unavailable website. The Code4Kenya fellows then set out in 24hrs to create an experiment that was so simple and direct with this PDF that it went viral without any marketing campaign.

The PDF was scraped and made available in the form of a website with three drops downs. This allowed a citizen to drill down very easily according to administrative boundaries and decide which is the nearest voter registration centre.

This unprecedented ease of finding your registration centre spurred adoption of GotToVote's simple code in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Malawi. Code4Africa continues to this day in ensuring citizens get to the ballot box prepared by adding more arsenal of what GotToVote can offer and has grown to include Peace Messaging, Polling Results and Voter Registration Confirmation (VRC).

GotToVote is supported by the World Bank and the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ)

Launch website