GotToVote is helping voters in Ghana find their nearest registration center ahead of the country's 2016 elections. Image CC-licensed on Flickr via BBC World Service.
This cross-post was originally published on ICFJ.
An innovative tool developed to help people register to vote in Kenya is proving to be a valuable asset to voters across the African continent.
GotToVote was created in 2012 by two software developers under the guidance of ICFJ’s Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein for use during Kenya’s general elections. In just 24 hours, the developers took voter registration information in a government PDF and turned it into a simple website with usable data that helped people locate the nearest voting center where they could register for elections. Kenyan media drove a large audience to the site, which resulted in a major boost in voter registrations.