District Voter Lists

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

 


 
Can the voter data be imported into campaign management software?

Yes definitely, this opportunity enhances one of the true strengths of any campaign management program, i.e. the ability to analyze and to target voters.  Our data can be provided in a number of common file formats that will enable the import of our data into your software program.

In addition, AmeriCan GOTV can provide you with a voter analysis tool as a stepping stone to a full version of campaign management software. 

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Do I have to take all of the data available?

Absolutely not. You choose the records that you require for your District. You may take all of the District or target certain groups. The individual fields of data can be used based on your analysis strategy. In other words, you can pick and choose from the available information and make use of it (as you need to) in order to analyze your district and create your strategic plan.

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What are "RIP"s?

The statewide voter files are run against a database of government agency-reported individuals who are believed to be deceased. Hence the RIP or requiescat in pace , Latin for "may they rest in peace".

Those which match on at least FIRSTNAME, LASTNAME and BIRTHDATE are excluded from the output. On average, only 3/10th of a percent of the voter files will be excluded.

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Why should "movers" be excluded?

If you exclude "movers," any voters marked as having submitted a "Change of Address" with the United States Postal Service will be left out of the final selection.

Although the voter may still be registered at a given address, once it’s indicated that they have moved from this address, the likelihood of his or her participation in an election is lowered.

This is another effort to save money for our users. By omitting these records, you will not only be charged less for your selection, but you can avoid trying to contact them by phone or mail and save those costs as well.

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How are record selections made?

Only those who are very experienced with record selection will be able to write up the record selection process without assistance. In most cases, it would be best to work closely with an AmeriCan GOTV voter file representative in order to most closely match your needs. This will both save you time and money.

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For prompt service, be sure to indicate the state and a general description of the search criteria. Include a phone number too if possible.

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What are the state restrictions pertaining to the use of voter data, and why are some states not directly available?

Virginia, California, and Kentucky require written permission before providing voter data to clients. Delivery methods are restricted in Arizona , South Dakota, and Pennsylvania and may require additional expense based on the number of records involved. We can assist you with these requirements.

The information gained from AmeriCan GOTV Voter Lists is not to be considered a consumer report (as that term is defined in the Fair Credit Reporting Act 15 U.S.C. sec 1681) and may not be used to determine a consumer’s eligibility for credit or insurance for personal, family or household purposes, employment or a government license or benefit.

For further information about each state’s authorized use of the voter data, please refer to the following list:

 

ALABAMA

POLITICAL

 

ALASKA

UNRESTRICTED

 

ARKANSAS

UNRESTRICTED

 

CALIFORNIA

POLITICAL AND SCHOLARLY

 

COLORADO

UNRESTRICTED

 

CONNECTICUT

UNRESTRICTED

 

DELAWARE

UNRESTRICTED

 

DC

UNRESTRICTED

 

FLORIDA

The information shall be furnished only to: (a) Municipalities; (b) Other governmental agencies; (c) Candidates, to further their candidacy; (d) Registered political committees, registered committees of continuous existence, and political parties or officials thereof, for political purposes only; and (e) Incumbent officeholders, to report to their constituents. Such information shall not be used for commercial purposes. No person to whom a list of registered voters is made available pursuant to this section, and no person who acquires such a list, shall use any information contained therein for purposes which are not related to elections, political or governmental activities, voter registration, or law enforcement.
OATH:
I hereby swear or affirm that I am a person authorized by s. 98.095, Florida Statutes, to acquire information on registered voters of Florida; that the information acquired will be used only for the purposes prescribed in that section and for no other purpose; and that I will not permit the use or copying of such information by persons not authorized by the Election Code of the State of Florida.

 

GEORGIA

NON-COMMERCIAL

 

HAWAII

ELECTION AND GOVERNMENT USE

 

IDAHO

NON-COMMERCIAL

 

ILLINOIS

POLITICAL

 

INDIANA

POLITICAL

 

IOWA

POLITICAL

 

KANSAS

NON-COMMERCIAL

 

KENTUCKY

NON-COMMERCIAL

 

LOUISIANA

UNRESTRICTED

 

MAINE

UNRESTRICTED

 

MARYLAND

Maryland voter data may be used for purposes related to the electoral process only.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

UNRESTRICTED

 

MICHIGAN

UNRESTRICTED

 

MINNESOTA

POLITICAL

 

MISSISSIPPI

UNRESTRICTED

 

MISSOURI

NON-COMMERCIAL

 

MONTANA

NON-COMMERCIAL

 

NEBRASKA

POLITICAL

 

NEVADA

UNRESTRICTED

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

UNRESTRICTED

 

NEW JERSEY

UNRESTRICTED EXCEPT NO COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION

 

NEW MEXICO

Restrictions include but not limited to Section 105024 of the New Mexico Election Code: I hereby swear that the New Mexico voter list shall be used for governmental, election and election campaign purposes, and shall not be made available or used for commercial or unlawful purposes.

 

NEW YORK

UNRESTRICTED

 

NORTH CAROLINA

UNRESTRICTED

 

OHIO

UNRESTRICTED

 

OKLAHOMA

UNRESTRICTED

 

OREGON

NON-COMMERCIAL

 

PENNSYLVANIA

POLITICAL

 

RHODE ISLAND

POLITICAL

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

NO COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

POLITICAL

 

TENNESSEE

POLITICAL

 

TEXAS

UNRESTRICTED EXCEPT NO COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION

 

UTAH

UNRESTRICTED

 

VERMONT

UNRESTRICTED

 

VIRGINIA

Restrictions include but not limited to Article 2 Section 24 of the Commonwealth of Virginia Election Code: Voter lists shall only be made available for political purposes, and only to candidates and elected officials for their districts, and party committees and officers. The list may also be made available to courts for jury selection purposes. The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that the list may also be provided to PACs for political purposes.

 

WASHINGTON

POLITICAL
King County , Washington State: STATEMENT OF OBLIGATION: I understand that the information that I am obtaining shall be used in accordance with state law RCW 29.04 et al and King County Ordinance 1346 which provide that such lists shall be used for political purposes and shall not be used for commercial purposes. Political purposes include any and all activities on the part of political parties, candidates and their campaign organizations, political action committees, and measure pro and con committees and individuals partaking in political activism. It may also include activities of private citizens related to political campaigns. Commercial uses include sales and sales lead development lists, credit and collection bureaus, and all information vendors other than political list vendors.
This form shall be kept on file by my organization and for each and every organization or individual who obtains any such information from me or my firm. Political vendors with written agreements are, in essence, an extension of this office, and must meet all of the same requirements in the release of lists as this office must meet. This agreement has been signed by an officer of the corporation or organization.
Per the provisions of the Revised Code of Washington, any person who violates any provision of the law relating to the use of the personal information contained on voter lists, including electronic media (CD, floppy disk, etc.) paper printout lists, mailing labels, or any other media, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than five years and/or a fine of up to five thousand dollars.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

POLITICAL

 

WISCONSIN

UNRESTRICTED

 

WYOMING

POLITICAL

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Why might there be a handful of addresses outside the state of my selection? (Even if movers have been excluded.)

Our source data (from Secretaries of State and/or county Boards of Election) could have a mailing address different than the registration address.

If this is provided by the source and not during any address update enhancement process, the voter will not be designated as a "mover" on the voter file.

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What does collection date refer to?

Collection date reflects the date when the voter file was received from the source - often collected by county or state elections divisions, sometimes by townships.

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What is Change of Address Update?

Every address is passed through a United States Postal Service (USPS) Change Of Address (COA) database every 90 days, standardizing all addresses and updating the address of those individuals who have moved and filed a COA with the USPS.

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What is "Deadwood" ?

"Deadwood" is excluded so that the final selection only includes valid records. This term refers to both "RIP"s and "movers".

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