What is VAN?
VAN aka Votebuilder aka the Voter Activation Network is a national online database administered by the DNC and maintained at the state level by the voter file manager. Â Â We work directly with the New York State Board of Elections and third party vendors to update VAN several times per year with the latest voter registration and voter contact information. VAN enables your campaign to effectively target voters, manage volunteer events, and store the data your campaign needs to get out the vote.
Get VAN access:
Fill out this form and the voter file manager will contact you with next steps. Be ready to provide candidate name, office sought, and district information.
Who can access VAN?
Democratic campaigns from the municipal level to the federal level, labor unions, and progressive strategy firms can pay the New York State Dems for access to Votebuilder.
How much does access cost?
Pricing varies, contact the voter file manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are there payment plans?
Payment must be made in full before VAN access is granted, no exceptions.
How long do I have access?
Once the leasing fee is paid, access is granted until the end of the year.
Help, Iâ€™ve never used VAN!
Good news! The voter file manager will provide online trainings throughout the year and is available for individual coaching sessions if you bribe her with Obama and Hillary swag. NGP VAN also has several online resources available to help you get started.
Download the following:
Once you have logged into VAN, you will also see a Help Wiki link located on the right side of the webpage. There are several topics covered with links to pdf files and training videos, some led by New Yorkâ€™s very own Geoff Berman.
Having trouble logging in?
If you need a password reset, did not receive your new account email, or are just plain confused, contact the voter file manager at email@example.com.