Voters Annoyed by Political Robocalls

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

We know that all eyes are on Wisconsin, which is considered a serious battleground state for the Presidential election.

That also means residents are being inundated with political ads, mailers, and perhaps most annoying of all: robocalls.

It would be a fair bet that most people do not like political robocalls because they're mostly negative, sometimes untrue, and always annoying. One of NewsChannel 7's facebook fans tells us she received 32 last Saturday.

Unfortunately, they're legal. The very lawmakers who make the rules have exempt themselves from the Do Not Call List. Lawmakers, political candidates, political parties, advocacy groups and other third parties are free to make robocalls to landlines.

People wanting to do something about it can register at the National Do Not Contact Registry, at stop political calls.org. The registry has grown from 400,000 in May, to more than 500,000 today.

"We have seen a lot of voters registering at stop political calls.org from battleground states including Wisconsin," said Shaun Dakin, the founder and CEO of Citizens for Civil Discourse.

Unfortunately registering does not mean the incessant political robocalls will end.

Your contact information will be sent to all political parties, candidates, political action groups and other organizations that make political robocalls, and be told you do not want to be contacted. However, none of them have to comply with the request.

Dakin says making robocalls is cheap, so it seems likely they will continue to be made for some time.

Political robocalls to cell phones is illegal. Dakin urges anyone who receives one to contact the Federal Communications Commission.


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