Stop the political phone calls!

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!

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5 Responses to “Stop the political phone calls!”

  1. Ruth
    September 10, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    If you get a real person, tell them that if they call you again, you’ll be voting for their opponent! That worked for us!

  2. patti
    September 10, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

    That’s the thing, 99% of the calls were recordings. So annoying!

  3. Lisa
    September 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    I’m a ridiculous call screener, so I rarely pick up my phone anyway. It’s the mail and the door knockers that get me. Particularly when my 11-year-old goes outside to get the mail, which contains a nearly obscene attack on a pro-life candidate, only to get stopped at the door by a political candidate. She’s 11 for crying out loud! Phew. OK. I’m good now. :)

  4. Shaun Dakin
    September 11, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    It is too bad that politicians continue to exempt themselves from Do Not Call law. is fighting for the privacy of the American voter.

    1 – Creating a Political Do Not Call Registry
    2 – Testifying in the US Senate about robo calls (Sen. Feinstein’s Robocall Privacy Act)
    3 – Forcing states to enforce existing robo call laws (CA, MN, NJ, etc..)
    4 – Getting politicians to take a do not robo call pledge (7 have)

    As I testified at the US. Senate these robo calls are an epidemic and this election cycle “phone spam” and are invading the privacy of All American Voters.

    Our members are taking a stand and saying enough is enough at the National Political Do Not Contact Registry at

    Here is a quote from a member recently:

    “I’m a shift worker, working variable shifts. I depend on my sleep to be able to do my job safely and efficiently. I’m a locomotive engineer. Imagine the disaster were I to fall asleep, operating a freight train carrying hazardous materials in your neighborhood, due to fatigue from being awoken in my middle of the night on a continuous basis during election season. Please stop..”

    Learn more.

    Shaun Dakin
    A non-profit fighting for the privacy of the American voter

  5. Tony Myles
    September 19, 2008 at 1:12 am #

    Let me know when you want to switch to Vonage. I get credit if you do and mention my name.

    Don’t worry… a representative will be calling you about it in 5, 4, 3, 2…

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