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Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Any election official will tell you that their voter registration databases are living, meaning that the data is constantly being updated and changing constantly. This creates a challenge for analysts and researchers as any data you are reviewing has likely changed by...
Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Removed Records

One of the common issues we find when requesting and analyzing voter rolls is the availability of the removed records. These are categorized and named differently across the states, they can be referred to as cancelled, deleted, purged, removed, or off to name a few,...
Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Vote History

While the bulk of the fields in a voter data file establish the ‘who’ of the electorate, vote history helps answer the remainder of any questions researchers and analysts might have. This piece of the information puzzle reveals not only whether a registered voter has...
Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Modified Date

When we think about voter data, we must understand that accurate information is key to do meaningful analysis and research, that accuracy is often dependent upon the timeliness of updates made to the data. Without a mechanism to indicate when information was last...
Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Registration Date

Embedded within most voter registration files is a seemingly modest yet profoundly significant field: the voter registration date. While often overlooked, this date holds substantial importance in understanding voter behavior, trends, and electoral dynamics. As the...
Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Political Party Affiliation

As anyone reading this knows, political parties play a significant role in shaping public discourse, policy formulation, and electoral outcomes. They serve as vehicles for representing ideologies, aggregating interests, and mobilizing citizens around common goals....
Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Registration Status & NVRA

A very important element of voter data is information about the status of the voter. Voter status generally falls into two categories: Active and Inactive. At a high level, Active voters are ones whose record is in good standing with no known issues and can freely...
Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Residence and Mailing Address

  In voter registration datasets, addresses serve as more than just a logistical necessity; they are pivotal pieces of information that hold immense value for ensuring accurate voter rolls and facilitating various analyses. Beyond simply providing a physical...
Voter Data 101: Historical Snapshots

Voter Data 101: Date of Birth

Continuing our data series, we want to look at the “Date of Birth” (DOB). The DOB stands out as a crucial piece of data that adds a dynamic dimension to individual records. Let’s explore the significance of the Date of Birth field and how it relates to the...
Voter Data 101: Names

Voter Data 101: Names

Welcome to the Voter Reference Foundation Voter Data 101 miniseries. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the many different data elements that make a voter data file. We will review each key element, what it is, and why it is important for...