With early voting starting in 2019, we are encouraging the use of multiple survey questions to collect data on our communities' voting practices & awareness! Here's a guide to the survey questions & Activist Codes in VAN you can use to populate your scripts. 


Here's a link to a template script NYCET is using for SMS texting: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iaIgn113HOSN6vu-xnX018pisN_5YY4PMz5cl2F28SA/edit?usp=sharing


Survey Questions


  • 2019VoteGE
    • Description: Mandatory GOTV question
    • Question: Can we count on you to vote in the General Election?
    • Answers: 
      • Yes - at the time you're asking them, they are committing to vote
      • Maybe - at the time you're asking them, they are unsure about whether they'll vote, but they lean towards Yes
      • No - at the time you're asking them, they are not interested or not able to vote
      • AlreadyVoted - at the time you've GOTV'ed them, they already voted. As in they voted before you talked to them.
  • 2019HowVoteGE
    • Description: Highly recommended follow-up GOTV question that identifies how people plan to vote - Early, on Eday, Absentee
    • Question: How do you plan to vote in the 2019 General Election? (Did you know that voting early is an option?)
    • Answer: Early, Eday, Absentee
  • 2019DayVoteGE
    • Description: Optional follow-up GOTV question that identifies what day people plan to vote
    • Question: What day to to plan to vote in the 2019 General Election?
    • Answer: Oct 26, Oct 27, Oct 28, Oct 29, Oct 30, Oct 31, Nov 1, Nov 2, Nov 3, Nov 5
  • 2019TimeVoteGE
    • Description: Optional follow-up GOTV question that asks what time of the day people plan to vote
    • Question: What time of the day do you plan to vote in the 2019 General Election?
    • Answer: Morning, Afternoon, Evening


Activist Codes


Early Vote

  • VotedEarly
    • Description/usage guideline: 
      • Essential GOTV activist code that we would like you to use in order to mark folks that have ALREADY VOTED EARLY. There is no need to mark folks with this activist code if they responded "already voted" to the original GOTV question. 
      • This activist code exists so that you can GOTV someone who hasn't already voted, they can say "yes, i plan to vote in the future," and then you can follow up with them later and use this activist code to mark that they voted early, instead changing the response to the first GOTV question, which you should not do.
      • We will use this to remove folks from your universe every day who have already voted.


Election Protection / Early Vote Assessment Activist Codes


Description/usage: the activist codes below are for recording incidents/ election issues experienced by voters. You may actively ask folks who have voted, how things went, or you can use these codes to record incidents that are reported organically! Please make sure to mark folks as "VotedEarly" before recording these responses, so that we can distinguish between issues experienced at Early Vote Sites vs Election Day Polling Sites.

  • PollIssue:NotInPollBook
  • PollIssue:LongLine
  • PollIssue:VotingMachineIssue
  • PollIssue:PollWorkerIssue
  • PollIssue:PollLocationChange
  • PollIssue:VoterIntimidation
  • PollIssue:AccessibilityIssue
  • PollIssue:PortabilityIssue