Different countries have different regimes and traditions with respect to the availability of contact data. In Europe particularly, it can be very difficult to access any identifiable information about contacts, and you may have to rely on generic data about areas. In the US, typically, contact data is much more readily available with a range of sources to choose from.
If you are starting on your contact list journey today here are some of the sources you might look to and below that is a list of some of the vendors of this information broken down by country.
If your country is not listed or if you are still struggling, then contact us and we will help you to find the correct source for your area.
Contact file vendors
There are a host of contact file vendors, generally in the US, who provide incredibly detailed contact or voter information. They often will have software attached that is then used to outreach to these contacts.
You can find a list of some of these in the info graphic at the bottom of this article.
Ecanvasser has a direct link to L2 data with a product discount to better fit our US customers, if you would like us to provide you with a quote follow this link.
Local government resources
By far the most common source of contact/voter information is local government or the county/city council. They are usually obliged to provide an electoral register to candidates. Usually the point of contact here is the local council or county clerk, depending on country.
If you are affiliated with a political party, they should be able to provide you with good quality contact/voter information that has been built up over time.
If they cannot, it might be worth asking why not?
Previous candidates or retiring incumbents
It is always worth asking former candidates or retiring incumbents for their information. A simple clean up job on the file and it might be easy.
Build your own contact list through community outreach
This is easily the best contact file you can acquire if you have the time and resources to do it. Building a contact list yourself through community outreach will give you a watertight resource and the huge benefit of all those interactions in order to get it!
If you're looking to get started in this manner, then you can find more information here.