Training Classes

Live Training Classes Delivered by El Paso County Democrats

All classes for June 2020 will be taught via GoToWebinar. Location will be reassessed toward the end of June.The plan is to eventually have both in-person and on-line classes available.

Precinct Organizer 101 and VAN 101 are the only training class right now. These are both introductory level classes. Our goal is to include additional, more advanced classes in the future.

Note that recording of these classes and associated slides for can be found in the Recorded Trainings section.


  • Precinct Organizer responsibilities

  • How the precinct fits into the context of the county and other voting districts

  • How to find the information you need

  • Canvassing strategies

  • Software and tools

How To Organize a Precinct +

How Your Precinct Fits within the County Party

Precinct Organizer 101

Level: Introductory 

PreRequisites: None (start here) 

Enrollment Limit: none


  • Logging in to VAN, basic housekeeping, confidentiality

  • Access levels: users, canvassers and administrators

  • Creating and saving a voter list using simple qualifiers (searching) 

  • Cutting turf (breaking up lists for multiple canvassers) 

  • Contacting voters and entering results using existing lists and  scripts

  • Managing canvassers using miniVAN (list number vs. VAN action ID)

*NOTE: In order to take this class you must have created a VAN Action ID and successfully logged into VAN. We will not have time to triage login problems in the class. If you are having issues, please go to Study Hall for help. There is a form to request an Action ID on the main Precinct Organizer page.

Using VAN to Contact Your Precinct Voters

VAN 101

Level: Introductory

PreRequisites:  Precinct Organizer 101 and an established VAN Action ID*

Enrollment Limit: none

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