GOTV | National Democratic Training Committee


By Kelly Dietrich
45 min

Course Outline

What You’ll Learn

  • How to research advance voting options that will be available for your election
  • How to identify the voters your campaign will contact during GOTV (or Get Out the Vote)
  • How to make the most of your volunteers during GOTV

Why This is Important

You’ve worked hard for months earning voters’ support. Now it’s time to make sure they get to the polls and actually vote with a targeted and effective Get Out the Vote (GOTV) strategy. While this course is designed specifically for candidates, everyone from campaign staff to local leaders can help enact these tactics.

Key Resources

  • Your GOTV Universe — a worksheet that helps you identify the voters to contact during GOTV
  • Sample Early Voting and Absentee Voting Guide — an informational document that can be modified and given to voters while canvassing
  • Daily Goals Worksheet – GOTV — used to estimate how many hours you and your volunteers will need to spend canvassing and phone banking to reach your GOTV goals
  • Sample Phone Scripts for:
    • ID’d Supporters and Base Voters
    • Early Voters

Related Trainings

  • Field Tactics — Learn how to train and manage your canvassing and phone banking efforts, which will be key during GOTV
  • Building Your Volunteer Team — Learn how to recruit and retain volunteers so they stick around for GOTV
  • Digital Campaigning: Social Media — You’ll want to remind your supporters to vote in multiple ways, including on your website and social media

Kelly Dietrich


As founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC), Kelly Dietrich brings more than 20 years of experience on dozens of Democratic campaigns across the country.

Kelly started NDTC in 2016, where at the time it was a collection of videos covering an array of campaign topics, available to campaigns and their volunteers for free. Five years later, those videos grew into a fully fledged training program with hundreds of courses, videos, and articles about running effective campaigns. Kelly’s expertise in various areas — fundraising, staff training, sci-fi (maybe not as much) — have shaped NDTC into an industry leader in Democratic politics.

Originally from Missouri, Kelly lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, daughter, and dog, Tulip, who is allegedly part cat. Beyond work, Kelly is a diehard Kansas Jayhawk and an avid poker player. Kelly also serves on the board of directors at his local park, Sheil Park. This is where he “plays” basketball, which according to his wife can only be loosely considered a hobby. Even with all these interests, Kelly remains committed to making sure high quality tools and training are available to any Democrat who steps up to run for office, work on a campaign, or make their community better.