Voter Data will be one of the most valuable components of your campaign. How do you get the data? Depending on the office your running for and your budget, you can go all the way by contracting with a database service like Voter Gravity, or if you only need a printed walking list, you can get that from your local Board of Elections for a few bucks.
Don’t overlook two sources of free/ low cost voter data. Your County Board of Elections may be able to provide data for your county. They are very friendly and helpful, don’t be affraid to tell them exactly what you would liek, and they can stear you in the right direction.
Your BOE may be able to sort, print, and basically provide you with any assortment of voter data that you ask for, Maybe you need to visit them and ask, each county is different. Often there is a small fee, a couple bucks. Your BOE can be a valuable resource if you or your staff are not comfortable with Microsoft Excel and not able to parse this or print this data yourself.
Also, Secretary of State provides on-line file download of complete voter registration database by county and state districts. If your able to work with Excel, thithese files are an excellect source of Voter information that you can sort for your specific needs, And the cost is FREE.
Secretary of State Voter Registration Database you can download now.
The Sec of State offers, “on line” voter registration data that is in an “Comma Delimited” text file format, that can easily be imported to Excel.
This data is divided by county and includes a complete history of the voter (elections they voted in, registration dates, birthdates, addresses, precincts, districts, etc, etc, etc.
Note that the Sec of State also has the same files, but are sorted on Ohio legislative districts, and also has files that are sorted on US House districts. These districts generally do not follow county boarders, can include many counties, or parts of counties.
The Sec of State files can be large, so be prepared. They may also require newer versions of Excel to accommodate the large number of records (older Excel programs are limited to 65,000 records, The Lucas County database has over 260,000 records). Conservative groups in your area have been using these files for years. If you need a little help or tutoring, contact one of your local conservative organizations.