Wow. What a year.

Many thanks to our clients for using political technology and specifically Voter Gravity to organize and advance your campaigns.

I’d also like to thank our friends who support our efforts at Voter Gravity, who believe that conservatives must use the latest tools to reach more people and win elections. Continue reading →

This is What Engineering Victory Looks Like

It’s been a busy and rewarding summer and fall for the Voter Gravity team. We crossed a lot of items off our 2015 bucket list and are consequently in a better position to serve you! It was a privilege to help campaigns soar across the finish line earlier this month. We’re already working with 2016 campaigns who are gathering voter data to fine tune their messaging and speak directly to their voters.
My favorite upgrades:

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Here’s What A Modern Campaign Looks Like

Using campaign technology correctly means accomplishing the gold standard in politics — live interactions with voters. While many campaigns (of all sizes) still use paper walk lists and pens when contacting voters, our clients are doing incredible things with our system. We’re seeing truly remarkable modern campaigning going on. Hats off to you!

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Voter Gravity Announces Integration with the RNC Database

Voter Gravity announced today that it has fully integrated with the Republican National Committee database.

“We’re excited about these API integrations,” said Ned Ryun, CEO of Voter Gravity. “This will allow any candidate or state party who chooses to use Voter Gravity on the front end to put data back in real time into the RNC.” Continue reading →

Presidential Flash Poll: North Carolina 2/2/15

Voter Gravity is now releasing a flash poll each week. (Check out last week’s Iowa poll here.) We conducted this week’s flash poll in North Carolina. Those surveyed were GOP primary voters who had voted in the last 4 primaries: 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Our purpose in doing these snapshots is to gauge how the Republican base feels about potential GOP nominees. We’re using Voter Gravity’s touchstone survey feature, which allows hundreds of thousands of voters to instantly take telephone surveys, and bring the results into any Voter Gravity account for analysis.

There were 4,102 respondents in this poll. Some points of interest: Walker continues to perform very well, as he has in virtually every poll being conducted at the moment. Carly Fiorina and Bobby Jindal have some work to do, while Ben Carson polled ahead of Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Only 12% said ‘Other’ in this poll.

Ted Cruz and Chris Christie were not listed as options in this poll as we dropped the three lowest vote getters from last week’s poll, and we’ll do the same for the next poll: we’ll drop the lowest three and add Cruz, Christie and likely Rick Santorum. We might even throw in Sarah Palin in a future poll. Our hope is that eventually we’ll get to a consensus top eight potentials in the upcoming weeks and months and then track their progress as we get into the spring and summer.

Click here to see the North Carolina February 2 Voter Gravity Presidential Flash Poll

Presidential Flash Poll: Iowa, January 24, 2015

We’ve decided at Voter Gravity we’re going to make these “flash polls” a weekly occurrence. To understand the dynamics and reasoning behind what we’re doing, we’re using Voter Gravity’s touchtone survey feature to try and gauge support for 2016 candidates among the super primary GOP voters. Click here to see the poll results. It was run on Saturday, January 24, 2015 of GOP primary voters in Iowa who have voted in 5 of the last 5 GOP primaries: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. We’re of the opinion that, especially in primaries, vote history is a very significant indicator in likelihood to vote (see George Hawley’s white paper on turnout).

There are limitations to doing touchtone surveys with such a potentially large GOP field: you can only list 9 options. We believe that there are at least 7 others who should be in a flash poll to gauge interest (thus the 400 who would support Other): Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Mike Pence, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina should be included, and no doubt we will rotate some of those names in for future “flash polls.”

So take the poll for what it’s worth: hardcore GOP primary voters who are very likely to be involved in voting in 2016 primaries and caucuses, letting us know how they feel about potential GOP nominees. One interesting note about the below: Huckabee and Romney are well know quantities in Iowa already, and quite frankly, so is the name Bush. Scott Walker is the really interesting number. He is quickly being considered a Tier 1 candidate, which is no real surprise.

Click here to see the January 24 Presidential Flash Poll.


Maximizing GOTV

As election day draws closer, there isn’t a campaign that doesn’t wish they had more money or people. Because, as every campaign knows, those two resources solve almost any problem.

But even working with limited resources, campaigns are now moving all their hard work and effort toward get out the vote (GOTV) efforts. You’ve worked for months to identify supporters and persuade people who were on the fence, and now the time has come to make sure those people vote. Now it is time to win.

Voter Gravity has a great tool to help in maximizing GOTV efforts on election day, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

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Do Your Own Polling

Looking to get some last second insight into voters in your district?

Need to test one more issue before you start your last minute GOTV or print that final mail piece?

Voter Gravity is happy to provide touchtone phone surveys for our clients starting today. You’ll be able to target the voters you want to survey, record your own questions and initiate your survey campaign 24 hours a day.

The best part is – all the data gathered from the surveys is automatically added in the system and appended to voters’ profiles. From one interface, you can now run a completely integrated walk, live call, touchtone and online campaign.

No spreadsheets. No extra tools. No extra time.

A thousand custom targeted surveys for just $50. This is affordable for any campaign at just $.05/minute. You can begin creating your first touchtone survey today!

In addition to the release of Voter Gravity touchtone surveys, we have also upgraded our data import tool.

This tool allows users to import multiple data points at once with a CSV of voters. Once the voters have been tagged with your chosen data points, you can use all of your existing Voter Gravity tools to target those voters.

Don’t Get Complacent if the GOP Wins in November

The excerpt below is from my latest piece in the American Spectator.

We’re sixty-three days out from the midterm elections, and by all appearances they will go well for the Republicans. Gains in the House and Senate are likely, with the majority in the Senate within reach. Pick-ups are likely at the state level as well—just as important, but frequently overlooked. So you can be relatively sure that on the night of November 4, there will a ton of backslapping and plenty of folks walking around with that winning glow.

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Full Speed Ahead

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for a Voter Gravity update. So now you can take a breath and I’ll catch you up on what we’ve been cooking up on this end.
First, we’ve been focused on some more under the hood stuff. We want the Voter Gravity system to move even faster and get ready for the real heavy part of the campaign season this fall. So I could describe to you everything we’ve been doing behind the scenes, but suffice it to say we’ve been focused on vroom, vroom speed. This includes massively streamline the process for opening new accounts.

Second, we’ve added some new features to our phone system by integrating with ShoutPoint. This means all your robo calls and townhalls are now integrated with the Voter Gravity database. There are two more cool features coming with the phone system by the end of the month, so stay tuned on that front.

Lastly, we’ve been working on our Knowledge Center and helping new clients get off the ground even faster with Voter Gravity and becoming more comfortable with the process. If you have suggestions on what you’d like to see in regards to videos or pro-tips, let us know.