Training Classes

Live Training Classes Delivered by El Paso County Democrats

All classes will be taught via GoToWebinar.

Note that recordings of past classes of Precinct Organizer 101 and VAN 101  and associated slides for can be found in the Recorded Trainings section on the Precinct Organizer page.

Curriculum:

  • 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

Curriculum:​

  • 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

Curriculum:​

Learn how to create specific lists of voters using the various VAN List Creation Criteria. For instance, learn how to make the following lists for your precinct:

  • Inactive voters

  • Voters who voted in the last election

  • Unaffiliated voters who voted in the primary

  • Voters with cell phones

  • Voters with only a landline

  • Voters with no phone.

*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.

Deep Dive into VAN List Creation Criteria

VAN List Criteria Workshop

Level: Intermediate

PreRequisites:  VAN 101 or equivalent knowledge, VAN Action ID

Enrollment Limit: none

Curriculum:​

  • TBD

Precinct Organizer Messaging and Strategy for General Election GOTV

2020 General GOTV: Messaging + Strategy for Precinct Organizers

Level: Introductory

PreRequisites:  none

Enrollment Limit: none

OFFICE LOCATION AND CONTACT
332 W. Bijou St., #101, Colorado Springs
719.473.8713 | epcdems@gmail.com
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