TRC’s default view is the “ListView”, which looks like a digital clipboard. Names are organized by street. There are also other views, such as the common map view.
See http://bit.ly/1U1sgjJ for a youtube demo.
The view looks like this:
In the ListView, each row is a voter. Voters are grouped by address so that you can easily identify all voters at a single household when you’re at the door. You can collapse voters by streets for easy managing. The grouping is zebra striped (yellow / white + grey) for easy-reading. The stripe color is purely ascetic.
When you edit cells, they start off red, and then turn green when they’re uploaded to the server.
This provides immediate feedback on upload. Cells are colored red when you edit and green when their result is uploaded to the cloud, so you get immediate piece of mind that your changes are safely saved.
TRC supports collaborative editing: when multiple canvassers are walking the same precinct, other canvasser updates show up on your sheet in realtime.
The default view in TRC includes some standard columns:
- Voter address, name, age, gender – this is commonly from public Secretary of State Voter Database (VRDB)
- History – this is a percentage of likeliness to vote in the upcoming election. This is similar to the “how many of the last 4 elections did they vote in”. It’s computed via a predictive model and measurably more reliable than just a “4 score”.
- Party – this is a party identification.
- Supporter – Does the voter support your campaign? This likely correlates with party, but is very important in tracking cross-over voters and non-partisan races.
- Comments – – this lets a canvasser provide free-form notes.
See Pinned vs. Floating values for more details on where the data comes from.
TRC will bold the “targeted” voters to help canvassers prioritize who to visit. For example, a precinct may have 500 people but you only have time to talk to 50 voters. The “targeting” helps prioritize which ones to talk to. TRC uses a default targeting algorithm, or you can supply your own targets, or you can coordinate with Voter-Science to use analytics to get a special target list for your campaign.
We continue to show all the voters because if you happen to talk to a non-targeted voter, we want to make it easy to record that information. (Knowing who the opponents are makes it easier to guess who our guys are).
Washington State is vote-by-mail. That means that people are casting their votes 3 weeks before the election. During these ballot chase periods, names will also be crossed off as people have voted. Voter-Science collects the matchbacks from the county auditors. See Prepping for the ‘16 General for more details.