Running a Voter Registration Program - National Democratic Training Committee Running a Voter Registration Program

Running a Voter Registration Program

By Peter Dougherty
40 min

What You’ll Learn

  • Determine if a voter registration program is appropriate for your campaign
  • Analyze the voter registration laws in your district
  • Develop systems of accountability for your team’s voter registration program
  • Align the campaign strategy with the tactics you’d like to implement

Why This is Important

Voter registration is a powerful tool in a campaign’s toolbox. Consider using this strategy to expand the electorate and add targets for the Field Team to persuade and turnout to vote.

Key Resources

  • Sample Hot Spot Tracker
  • High Traffic Canvassing Sample Training Agenda
  • Sample Voter Registration Form Tracker

Related Trainings

  • Intro to Field — Field is critical to your campaign’s success, and this course is a high-level overview of this core work and how it impacts all areas of a campaign
  • Field Tactics — Learn how to train volunteers on key tactics such as canvassing, phone banking, and text banking
  • Running a Persuasion Field Program — The work of your Field team during the persuasion phase of your campaign is instrumental to the success of your campaign. Learn about strategy, tactics, and goal setting in this course

Peter Dougherty


Peter Dougherty is a campaign operative with almost a decade of experience working to support Democratic candidates. Most recently, Peter served as the Deputy Coordinated and Voter Contact Director for President Joe Biden’s successful campaign in Pennsylvania, leading one of the largest organizing programs in the country. Peter was the New Hampshire Organizing Director for Joe Biden’s primary campaign and went on to oversee the Biden team’s organizing program in the Florida primary, where Biden won every county and city in the state. Peter spent half a decade overseeing field programs and managing campaigns on congressional campaigns and local races. Afterwards, Peter worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as their Southern Regional Field Director and oversaw the historic flip of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Peter has worked on or helped oversee campaigns in 17 different states and supports campaigns at every level.