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Enjoy Your Pre-Primary Weekend and Monday

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Jun 5, 2010

I have lost count of the number of canned pre-recorded phone calls I have gotten in the last few days around next Tuesday's California Primary Election.

I have stopped answering the phone when I am home and delete the messages without listening to them once I know it is from someone or some entity wanting my vote next week. It is excessive, to put it mildly. Candiates, propositions, makes no difference, it just pisses me off.

I may not be alone, and perhaps there are people who appreciate getting these types of phone calls. In my case, they have no bearing on how I vote, which really is the key question--how effective are these pre-recorded phone campaigns in persuading voters' choices?

And there also are the mailings. Keeps the paper and printing industries in business, not clear how informative they have been.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Paul, I am with you.

How about next time you fill in a form, put a typo in the phone number??


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

There aught to be a law against unwanted political calls. We have tried to call back to no avail (another machine) and I called the Party and got nowhere. I sure will be glad when it's next Wednesday. Maybe we will get a breather for a while. (November is right around the corner). Can we consider these multible unwanted calls harassment?


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I'm with you, Paul. These calls are driving me nuts - robocalls - plus surveys of all stripe. Yesterday between 4 and 7 o'clock I received nine calls. Enough already.