Prior to choosing the precincts to be sampled, the Decision Desk HQ went through 36 years of New Hampshire election returns and identified precincts with a sizable population that had voted with statewide Democrat and Republican primary winners in at least 19 of the 20 combined primaries in that time frame. While these precincts were scattered throughout the state, thanks to population concentration a majority were in Southern New Hampshire.
After contacting local clerks and precinct moderators, volunteers were positioned at selected bellwether precincts with tablets connected to the e-ballot, as well as a paper version, to conduct the survey.
Voters were approached randomly to participate and each survey took approximately 30 seconds to complete. While overall turnout was high, polling was conducted throughout the day to catch morning, afternoon and evening rushes.
Results were automatically uploaded or relayed to the Decision Desk HQ headquarters in Nashua, NH.
Opportunities for Improvement
- With additional manpower, an increased number of precincts sampled would be possible.
- Small adjustments that will allow for an easier e-survey loading process for respondents and volunteers. (Also, hand warmers.)
-- Andrea Ruth, Miles Coleman, Brandon Finnigan and Joel Fagin