TRC includes a map view that shows you the voters as pins on a map. This is a standard view similar to what you’d see in any canvassing app. Since it runs directly in the browser, there’s no additional installation step needed.
The map view is exactly the same underlying information as in the List View, so you’re encouraged to use whichever view makes you most productive. You can make changes in the map view, and then immediately switch to the List View and see them.
A common pattern is to use Geofencing to carve up a large region into smaller neighborhoods, and then you can use the map view to canvass those neighborhoods.
Using the map view
The pins are color coded by party ID. Hollow pins are doors that have already been visited. You can go back and edit answers on visited doors.
You can touch a pin to see the voters at that household:
If nobody is home, you can mark “Result Of Contact” for the door and move on. Else, you can select an individual to see their information and record the canvassing results.
Be sure to
- fill out the Party ID,
- fill out whether they’re a supporter, and
- result of contact.
- hit the “Save” button
Getting to the map view
You can get to the map view by touching the “View Map” buttons on the standard walking list.
The map view leverages HTML5 local storage support to provide an offline experience even though it runs in a browser.
This means that you can load the map view while you have an internet connection, and then canvass offline, and then upload the results when you’re done. However, it’s highly encouraged to canvass with a cel connection so that your results are immediately uploaded. Even if you temporarily lose connectivity, your results will be uploaded when you regain a connection.
To verify your results are all uploaded, on the main page, touch “Local Storage” in the upper right corner. That will take you to a page like this:
Hit the refresh button to pull the current status. If you have outstanding changes and running offline, you’ll see something like this:
Once you’re back online, hit the “Refresh” button again once online and verify the “Number of Changes not yet uploaded” is 0.