2007-2008 Election Cycle
“Bad officials are elected by
good citizens who do not vote.”
George Jean Nathan
What is a voter file?
“A voter file is a list of all registered voters in an area. In the US most states
compile this list under the organization responsible for elections. It is generally
available to candidates for office and political organizations for a fee.”
What is in the FDP voter file?
Information on the file includes…
• Voter’s name, including nicknames or salutations
• Contact information
o Both voting address and mailing address, if applicable
• E-mail address
o Only shared within your committee
• Identification Numbers (County, State, VAN)
• Demographic Info
o Personal – Gender, Ethnicity, Age, etc.
o Voter – Party, Registration Date
• Geographic Information
o Districts (Congressional through School Board)
• Voting History
o A – Absentee, E – Early, P – Poll Voter
• Activist Codes
o Tags that can be assigned to specific voters indicating support or
opposition to a specific issue, volunteer information, and any other
characteristic desired by the state party, the county DEC, or other
o Activist codes are used for “yes/no” questions
o Examples include:
Need a Ride to the Polls
Hunting or Fishing License
Concealed Weapons Permit
• Survey Questions
o Tags that can be assigned to specific voters that are not “yes/no”
o Examples include:
Do you think you’ll vote for a Democrat in the next election?
(Range of answers from strong Democrat, leaning
What is the most important issue to you this election cycle?
(Range of answers include the economy, Iraq, the
• Contact History
o If the voter has been contacted by someone within the
Democratic party who uses the VAN, it will be recorded here.
• Absentee and Early Voting
o Turned on during election cycles, shows if and when a voter has
requested or returned an absentee ballot or voted early
How can I access this information?
For a single voter, use the Quick Lookup System.
To start, go to http://www.fdpvan.com. Enter your user name and password to
log into your account. If you need assistance logging in, please contact Ben King
at the FDP Headquarters at 850-222-3411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, select “Quick Look Up”
Once you arrive at the Quick Look Up screen, input the search criteria.
Remember, putting in very specific information will often not yield any results.
Select the voter you’re looking for…
and you’ll be taken to the voter’s profile
Accessing Targeted Lists
Working with your county organization and the state party will help you engage
in activities that work towards our ultimate goal of winning elections for
Democrats. Often, these groups will have specific people with whom they want
you to speak.
From the Main Menu, select View My Folders
Your DEC will communicate in which folder these targets can be found.
Select your specific target list. For a call list, make sure you’re selecting a list that
includes only voters with phone numbers.
From the Edit List screen, press Load List.
The system will then pull up that list of voters.
(If you have access to more than one precinct, you will need to narrow this list
Now you have to decide how you are going to contact these people. First, let’s
look at creating a calling list. First, select Reports
Select “Calling List”
Select the Script you’ll be using
Select the source (calling or walking)
Selecting the source will automatically fill in the sort order boxes below. You can
alter these based on how you want your list sorted. Remember that checking
quot;Page Breaksquot; will put each unique criteria on a new page (taking up more
After sorting the list, title it.
Make sure the “Print List Numbers and Page Numbers” box is checked
Then press next
You will then be taken to a page telling you how to set up your printer to make
sure the list prints properly
After you’ve followed the directions onscreen, press Finish at the bottom of the
You’ll then be taken to your prepared call list. You can now print it out and
make your calls.
If you want to create a Walking List, follow the same procedure of accessing
your saved lists and pressing report. This time, instead of selecting “Calling List”
select “Walking List”.
Again, select the Script that you'll be using and select Walking as the source.
Remember: If you don’t want a new page for the odd and even sides of a street,
uncheck the “Page Breaks” box next to “Odd/Even”
Title the list as before, and make sure Print List Numbers and Page Numbers is
checked. Then press next.
As before, you will then be taken to a page telling you how to set up your printer
to make sure the list prints properly. After configuring your printer, press Finish at
the bottom of the page.
You’ll then be taken to your prepared walk list. You can now print it out and
walk your precinct.
Inputting Gathered Data
After you’ve walked your precinct or made your calls, it’s time to put the data
back into the system. To do so, select “Grid View” from the Main Menu.
Then you have to select which list you’ll be working off of. To do this, find the list
number off of your walking or calling sheets
Select the button next to “Let me select a List Number” and input your list
number. Then press Next.
If asked whether overriding your current list is all right, press “OK”
Once the Grid View page pops up, select the script you used to canvass
Select your name from the list of possible canvassers
Select the date that you canvassed and select the source
Select the source and alter the sort order (if you did so when originally creating
Then press next
Once you get to the Grid View input screen, select the proper responses from
your filled-in sheet
Pressing the back or forward arrows will save the responses on your current page
and take you to the page immediately preceding or after the on that you’re on.
Pressing “Save” will save the page that you’re on and leave you there.
Thanks for your help in turning Florida blue! If you have any questions please
don’t hesitate to give us a call at the party headquarters!
Voter File Director, Florida Democratic Party