I work for a PAC right now as a door knocker, but they never told me how they make lists. How does a PAC make a list in the United States?


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In the United States,voter registration records are public information. They can be acquired in bulk from the countie's voter registrar's office, or looked up on the internet.

The registration records include name, age, address and the party they registered with. Especially the latter is very useful information for door-knocking campaigns, because people are most likely to support the party they registered for.

These records might also get cross-referenced with data from other public or non-public databases. For example, people who already donated to this or a similar cause in the past are more likely to donate again. But there are also other information source which can be cross-referenced to make out the most promising targets.

  • Doesn't that mean they can be prosecuted for not using their home address?
    – a coder
    Commented Oct 30, 2016 at 0:06
  • @acoder who are "they" and prosecuted for what crime? Anyway, this doesn't seem to relate to this question and answer.
    – Philipp
    Commented Oct 30, 2016 at 0:59
  • it was a curiosity of mine when someone used a business address as a home address for voting.
    – a coder
    Commented Oct 30, 2016 at 15:33

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