• Highlighted How-To’s

    • How to Update a Voter’s Record in VAN

    • What is Likely Party? 

    • Building a List - Types of Steps 

  • Updates to the Minnesota Voterfile

    • August Primary Data

    • Email from VAN regarding Blast Email

  • An Addition to the DFL Data Team

Highlighted How-To’s

Our highlighted How-To’s this week include How to Update a Voter’s Record in VANWhat is Likely Party, and Building a List – Types of Steps. We encourage you to look through these recent articles that we have added to our Knowledge Base. You can find our full knowledge base here

Updates to the MN Voterfile

On Monday we submitted the first batch of August Primary data to VAN to update 600,000-900,000 vote histories. Within the next week VAN will work to upload that data to each voter’s profile and you can expect to see that data trickling in over the next few weeks! 

As you’ve heard from our past emails, VAN’s Blast Email tool will be deactivating in the coming weeks. The DFL will be offering support to users interested in our new mass email tool, ActionNetwork. You can view our FAQ about ActionNetwork You can email with any questions about this tool! On Friday, August 28 users who have permissions to email with Blast Email in VAN should have received an email from VAN’s tech team about what you can expect in this transition. Key take-aways from that email include, Blast Email will shut down completely on September 14th and past contact history from emails will remain available in MyVoters through the 2020 election cycle. 

If you are a current Action Network user and you would like to see additional tags added to your group, please complete this form and we will work to add those tags to your committee. You can also check out our ActionNetwork FAQ for general information on the tool! 

An Addition to the DFL Data Team

Hi everyone, thank you for your warm welcome to the DFL! My name is Swetha Saravanan and I am a recent University of Minnesota grad with a degree in economics. I was also a member of the campus newspaper and art and literary magazine, so I’m totally open to explain why the book was better than the movie. Pre-quarantine, I typically spent my free time exploring the local Twin Cities food scene with friends. If you ever get the chance, pay a visit to the Ecuadorian restaurant, Chimborazo. Their portions are very generous and one bite from their dish Hornado Con Papas paid my student loan debt, shaved a minute off my mile, and might even have the cure to Covid-19 (I am not a scientist so take this with a grain of salt). Ok, but in all seriousness, I'm excited to meet new people and share recipes for home cooked meals in the meantime!

Swetha Saravanan will be joining our team as a Data Intern through the end of the cycle. You can expect to hear from her on tickets and she might even make a guest appearance writing one of our weekly newsletters!