Wildcard Searches  (2008)

Assume the database contains only the following entries for voter last names and birth dates in mm/dd/yyyy format:

De Van De Van 4/01/1977 "van" at end
Smith none 4/01/1977 no "van" in this name
Stevans Stevans 8/13/1980 "van" in middle
Sturdivant Sturdivant 4/01/1977  
Van Buren Van Buren 1/22/1981 spelling #1 of Van-Buren
Van Der Meer Van Der Meer 7/14/1982 spelling #1 of Van-Der-Meer
Van-Staagen Van-Staagen 8/15/1983  
Vanburen Vanburen 9/24/1984 spelling #2 of Van-Buren
Vance Vance 2/28/1985  
Vander Meer Vander Meer 3/17/1986 spelling #2 of Van-Der-Meer
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt 4/01/1977  
VanderBuren VanderBuren 5/08/1949 has a "der" between the "van" and the "buren"
Vandermeer Vandermeer 4/01/1977 spelling #3 of Van-Der-Meer
Vansickle Vansickle 4/01/1977 "van" in front

Search Results Using Wildcards

In a search, an % wildcard character can represent one character, many characters, or even zero characters. Thus where % is specified in the search string, any number of characters (including 0) can be present in a matching name. Those characters can be alphabetic, blanks, or special characters, such as apostrophes or hyphens. Multiple % wildcards can be used in a search string. They can be placed anywhere.

Note that wildcard searchs can be done only on the name search screen. Wildcards cannot be used on the Geocode screen, where address searches are done. However, on the Geocode screen watch as you type in an address. The system will make a guess at the desired address and try to complete the address you are typing. This is somewhat like putting an "%" at the end of what you had typed so far, although only a single matching address can be shown on the screen.

"WILDCARD-2008.HTM"      18 Mar 2011  23:58:44      (JKNAUTH)