Friend to Friend Canvass Guide

Friend-to-friend canvassing means talking to people we know – our friends, family, coworkers, classmates, neighbors, congregation members, fellow union members – about the 2020 election. This is important because no one is better suited to persuade your friends and family to vote for Bernie than you.

Through thoughtful, empathetic conversation with the people in our lives about the real issues we face together, we can build the solidarity and long-lasting, collective power needed to take on the billionaire class and transform our country.

The first step is mapping out your relationships with voters. Our immediate goal is to add as many people as we can to BERN App in Friend-to-Friend mode. Follow the steps below to get started!

Step One: Brainstorm a list of your contacts
Think about who you have come to know over the course of your life. How do you know who you know? On a piece of paper or in a spreadsheet, write down as many names of people you know. Some ideas for brainstorming:

  • Go through your phone book or, if you use Facebook, your Facebook friend list.
  • Who would you invite to your birthday party or wedding? Where have you lived throughout your life? Who did you know in each of the places you have lived?

Try to get to at least 40 names before moving on to the next step.

Step Two: Map the people you know in the Bernie App
Open up the Bernie App, accessible at, and go to the “Friend to Friend” section of the App.

Search each of the people on your list in the lookup fields. Add their first and last name, and either state and/or zip code, to match to their record.

Click “Look up their voter record.” Select your voter from the list of matches that appear.

If no match exists or if you are unsure, click “Not found or may need to register,” fill out the remaining fields, and select “SAVE” at the bottom of the page.

After finding the person’s voter record, you will see the “Look up their voter record” switch to a green bar that says “Matched!”

Complete the remaining fields (how you know the person, if they are supporting Bernie, and any other candidates they are interested in). Don’t worry if you don’t know which candidate they are supporting. You can leave that blank or select “I don’t know.”

Once you are done, select “SAVE” at the bottom of the page. After clicking Save, you will be prompted to fill out the form again for the next person on your list.