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Enjoy Your Pre-Primary Weekend and Monday

Original post made by Paul Losch 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.

Comments

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??


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?


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.