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Canvass on Your Smart Phone (MiniVAN)

Liberalists’ new MiniVAN tool can be used on any Apple or Android tool with a touch screen that can download and run applications. This includes the iPod touch, the iPhone, and the iPad. Volunteers with any level of Liberalist account can receive lists and canvass using MiniVAN. Only users with Level 3 or higher accounts can provide themselves and others with canvass lists through MiniVAN.

Follow the steps below to set up and use MiniVAN for door canvassing.

In Liberalist:

  1. Create a list on the My Voters tab in Liberalist
  2. On the My List page, click the MiniVan icon
  3. Name the list
  4. Select the Primary Script you want to associate with this canvass
    • A script is the set of questions you would like to be asked to the people on your list. For example, the Canvass script asks them 1) Which party they support, 2) Whether or not they want a sign, 3) If they want to volunteer, and 4) If they need transportation to the polls on Election Day. While you can create your own script, most teams will use the standard “Canvass” script to canvass their voters.
      • You can now set four alternate Scripts when assigning lists to canvassers. This flexibility will allow your volunteers to adjust their message to the level of interest of each person they are canvassing. Canvassers can easily switch to another Script during a conversation, depending on whether they find themselves speaking to an enthusiastic supporter, an undecided voter or someone interested in volunteering


  5. Assign the list to yourself or another member of your team.
    Note: If the name of the person you want to assign the list to is not present, they do not have an active Liberalist account. Any Level 3 Liberalist user can create Level 1 and Level 2 Accounts. Alternatively, accounts can be requested at

On your Phone:

    1. Downloaded the MiniVan app on your phone from
    2. Log into MinVan using your Liberalist username and password. The URL is
    3. Choose the list that has been assigned to you

  • You can view your list in one of three ways:
    1. You can view the addresses on your list by selecting the Houses tab near the top of your screen.
    2. You can view a map of the list by selecting the Map tab near the top of your screen.
    3. You can view a list of the people on your list by selecting the People tab near the top of your screen
  • Enter the people you answers in their profiles in MiniVAN as you go.
    Note: You can either view the full script for each person or you can only view the questions you need to ask.
  • If the person at the house is not on your list, do not record their answers in another person’s profile.
  • You can easily switch to another Script during a conversation.
  • When you are finished canvassing, use the MiniVAN tool to send the list back to Liberalist for local approval.


Accessing Information Through MiniVAN:

  1. Using MiniVAN you are able to pull up information about the voters on the list. You can toggle through three different screens that will display different types of information about voters.
    1. “Stats”: This screen can display information about the voters Name, Address, Postal Code, Home Phone Number and Age/Sex.From this screen you are also able to edit the voters information by selecting “Edit Person”. This tool allows you to add information about their Email Address and Phone Number.Furthermore, if have a conversation with someone at an address that was on your list, but they are not listed at that address, you can “Add Person to this Address”.
    2. The “Script” tab is discussed in more detail above.
    3. “History”: This screen will display the “Contact History”, “Activist Codes” and “Survey Questions” associated with a voters file.
    4. “Notes”: This screen displays all “Notes” that have been assigned to a voter. It also allows you to input a new “Note”. However, users should only create “Notes” if there will be someone to follow up on those notes. Otherwise, it is preferable to use the “Scripts” to capture information.


In Liberalist:

    1. On the My Voters tab Main Menu page, click on the iPhone icon.
    2. You will see the MiniVan lists that have been sent back for your team.
    3. Review the data and choose to comit it to the database.