There are two options for importing a list of contacts from VAN to ThruText. This article explains how to "pull" a VAN contact list into your ThruText account from the External Contact List page. You also have the option to "push" the list from VAN via the SMS button in your VAN committee – click here for instructions on "pushing" a list with the SMS button.


If you haven't set up your VAN integration yet, click here to learn how to get set up.


"Pull" from VAN Option - Import a List


Navigate to the 'External Contact Lists' menu in the account drop down of your ThruText account. Click "New External Contact List" and then select either Voter File or Campaign Saved Lists:



Voter File saved lists will be populated with lists in the "MyVoters" area of VAN. Campaign saved lists will be populated with lists from the "MyCampaign" area of VAN. 


Find your list and click on the name:



Then, validate the list details and update your list name, if desired. Click "Create List".



Locate your list on the External Contact Lists management page. Select 'Create Group' to build your group based on this integration file.



  • 'Create Group' will import and validate the numbers into a ThruText group. 
  • 'Sync' will pull an updated copy of the list, if needed. 
  • 'Delete' will purge the list from our systems. 


Click here for our user guide on pushing a list from VAN via the SMS button.