Getting your data into Ecanvasser is generally the first step towards actively launching your campaign, and it's critical to understand how this works to make sure that your data is managed in the most effective way possible.
Data situations can vary significantly between regions, and even campaigns in the same area. Some campaigns will have one good data file good to go; while others might be looking to merge multiple sets, or even build a database from scratch!
The articles below will outline what you need to do to get started, regardless of your situation!
To import data to Ecanvasser, it must either be in spreadsheet format, or via our NationBuilder integration. If your voter file is PDF, Text, or otherwise, speak to us via the chat function about converting these to a usable format!
Don't Have a Voter File Yet?
If you don't have a Voter File available, you may have a few options available to you to source one, you can review these here. Alternatively, perhaps you might want to consider building a database from scratch?
Have a Voter File, But it Needs a Little Work?
The Ecanvasser Voter File Importer is quite flexible, allowing for the import of data files with different structures. That said, occasionally files do require a little cleaning - if this is the case you can learn about the requirements for import here:
Have a Single Voter File/Database and Ready to Go!
Have Multiple Files and Need to Merge Cleanly & Efficiently!
If you have multiple Voter Files to import, you'll want to give a little consideration as to how to proceed, to ensure that all data imports and merges in the way you expect.
If your confident that there are no duplicates between these files, you can simply import them one by one, as if you had one large file.
If however there are duplicates, you'll want to review our Voter Merge article to see what method will work best for you.