I’m a huge fan of permission-based marketing. Specifically, if I am interested in your product or service – or in this particular case, your candidacy – I will visit your website, or talk to your campaign worker at my door, view your inescapable television commercials, or read any of the dozens of mailers you send to my home. In other words, I will opt in to hear more if I want to hear more.
Let me be clear. When I registered to vote, I opted into voting. My registration indicated my desire to vote. It did not, in any way, shape or form, indicate that I wanted to have my phone ring off the hook with automated, recorded calls from people I either don’t know or don’t care about their opinion.
In the past few weeks, my work, my family life has been repeatedly interrupted, without my permission, by countless, daily, impersonal, recorded phone calls. The voter registration form does not say anywhere on it that I’m signing up for anything other than the electoral process and voting in party primaries and elections. That’s it.
This election “season” has been excruciatingly long; the number of visits, calls and mailings, exceedingly numerous. But it’s the phone calls that put it over the top. I didn’t vote for anyone who called my home, which is also my workplace. Not a single one of you. And, before this happens in another cycle of elections, I’m contacting the Board of Elections and removing my phone number from my registration. If that doesn’t work, I’ll be removing my party affiliation, as well. I’m done having my time wasted waiting for the recorded voice to say “hello” so I can hang up and get back to what I was doing.
You’ve wasted enough of my time – stop the political phone calls!