Writing Voter Contact Scripts - National Democratic Training Committee Writing Voter Contact Scripts

Writing Voter Contact Scripts

By Matt Burke
50 min

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the importance of scripting volunteers conversations with voters
  • Distinguish the different parts of a voter contact script
  • Evaluate examples of the most common types of voter contact scripts

Why This is Important

Your campaign canvassers and phone bankers will interact with voters the most. By scripting the language volunteers use on the doors and phones, a campaign increases the likelihood they’re having a high-quantity of high-quality conversations.

Key Resources

  • Script Writing worksheet
  • Sample Volunteer Recruitment script
  • Example Issue ID script
  • Example Persuasion script
  • Example Vote-By-Mail Request script
  • Example Ballot Chase script
  • Example Early Vote script
  • Example GOTV script

Related Trainings

  • Intro to Field — Field is critical to a campaign’s success. This course is a high-level overview of Field work and its impacts all areas of a campaign
  • Field Tactics — Learn how to train volunteers on key tactics including: canvassing, phone banking, and text banking
  • Running a Persuasion Field Program — The work of a Field Team during the Persuasion Phase of a campaign is instrumental to the success of the campaign. Learn about strategy, tactics, and goal setting in this course

Matt Burke


Matt Burke is an Instructional Designer at the National Democratic Training Committee based in North Carolina. Prior to joining NDTC, Matt worked as a Lead Coach for Organizing Corps 2020: a program of the DNC designed to train 1,000 Field Organizers for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. His political experience includes working as a Field operative for several Democratic candidates, including former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Chris Murphy, Senator-elect Jon Ossoff, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While initially focused on organizing in rural communities, Matt has worked in a variety of turfs, from college campuses to the Atlanta suburbs to rural northeastern Oklahoma. In his free time, Matt enjoys fishing and falling asleep while deer hunting, usually while listening to the Grateful Dead.