Build a Vote-by-Mail Program for Your Campaign - National Democratic Training Committee

Build a Vote-by-Mail Program for Your Campaign

By Jocelyn Hunt
45 min

What You’ll Learn

  • How to build your vote-by-mail universe
  • How to establish your vote-by-mail budget
  • How to track voter contact 
  • How to train your staff and volunteers to execute a vote-by-mail program
  • How to educate and guide voters through the absentee voting process in your state  
  • How to ensure that absentee ballots are received by your state board of elections 

Why This is Important

Your campaign needs to cover every angle to ensure that your voters can safely cast their ballots. Adding a vote-by-mail program to your field plan will help guide your voters through the absentee voting process in your state to ensure their ballots are mailed on time and will be counted in your election.

Key Resources

  • Vote by Mail Data Tracker Template
  • Absentee-By-Mail Application Process FAQs
  • Application Chase Phone Script
  • Ballot Chase Phone Script
  • Template Thank You Email
  • Template Follow-up Email

Related Trainings

  • Calculating Your Vote Goal — Learn how to analyze past election results, identify projected turnout for your race, and determine your comfortable margin of victory
  • GOTV — Curate an effective Get Out the Vote (GOTV) strategy through advance voting options and voter contact efforts
  • Field Tactics — Learn how to train and manage your canvassing, phone banking, and text banking efforts to meet outreach goals

Jocelyn Hunt


Jocelyn is the Associate Political Director at NDTC. Prior to joining the NDTC team, Jocelyn worked on campaigns for municipal, state, and federal candidates. Most recently she was the Coordinated Field Director for the 2018 Indiana Senate Race. Growing up in a military family, Jocelyn has lived all over the country and in the United Kingdom. She attended Appalachian State University where she discovered her passion for politics and campaigns. In her free time, Jocelyn enjoys exploring Chicago’s different neighborhoods, traveling the country, and spending time with her family.