Thread: Campaigners - LEAVE ME ALONE

cyclone88 - 11/2/2018 at 04:30 PM

I'm registered to vote & I'll be monitoring a polling precinct Tuesday. I'm all in.

For the past 4 weeks I've gotten non-stop (including middle of the night) phone calls, texts, and emails (to my business address) from campaigns asking me to 1) vote, 2) vote for the party, 3) vote for XYZ, 4) donate, 5) donate to the party, 6) donate to XYZ, ) 7) vote for an independent, and 8) volunteer to DRIVE people to vote even though I live in NYC, don't have a car, & if I did, can't imagine circling the precinct for as long as it would take for someone to vote.

I realize these are automated messages from call centers all over the world, but except for the type of communication (text & email), the process doesn't seem to have changed since I worked on TED Kennedy's losing campaign in 1980. I can't imagine these messages prompt anyone to act. NO ONE believes these messages are personal. Doesn't anyone cull databases or compare them w/volunteers or note that New Yorkers aren't going to drive anyone anywhere?

I've never done anything except register to vote and join the local bar association division that monitors voting. None of that required providing my telephone # or email. I want to turn off all communication until next Wed. because it's only going to escalate over the weekend.

This is not unique to my party. The people I know who are registered w/the other party complain, too. I can only imagine what it's like to live somewhere where people campaign door-to-door.

This concludes my proclamation.







[Edited on 11/2/2018 by cyclone88]


sckeys - 11/2/2018 at 04:42 PM

Both are desperate to get out known voters.

Do you think it’s as bad as 2014? It just doesn’t seem like it to me. I wouldn’t have been surprised if a skydiver had landed in my yard encouraging me to “vote for ...” and it got really bad in the last few days.


BIGV - 11/2/2018 at 04:44 PM

Here is what I do:

The instant I qualify a solicitor as being just that I state the following :

1) "Who are you asking me to Vote for"?
2) Tell me about your Candidate, The first allusion to anything negative the opposing individual has done, ends this call, are we clear?
3) Follow through by hanging up when they fail, because they follow a script.


porkchopbob - 11/2/2018 at 04:47 PM

Assuming this is cell and not a LAN line, don't give your phone number out. I've had the same number for years, vote every election, and never been bothered.


cyclone88 - 11/2/2018 at 05:35 PM

quote:
Here is what I do:

The instant I qualify a solicitor as being just that I state the following :

1) "Who are you asking me to Vote for"?
2) Tell me about your Candidate, The first allusion to anything negative the opposing individual has done, ends this call, are we clear?
3) Follow through by hanging up when they fail, because they follow a script.


My phone calls are all recordings. Otherwise, I would ask to be removed from the list if I bothered to answer. Email I report & send to spam.


cyclone88 - 11/2/2018 at 05:40 PM

quote:
Both are desperate to get out known voters.

Do you think it’s as bad as 2014? It just doesn’t seem like it to me. I wouldn’t have been surprised if a skydiver had landed in my yard encouraging me to “vote for ...” and it got really bad in the last few days.


I honestly don't remember 2014, but this year seems particularly aggressive. It seems counter-intuitive to me to prod known voters; we vote.

[Edited on 11/2/2018 by cyclone88]


alanwoods - 11/2/2018 at 07:02 PM

Haven't been getting phone calls but there is something in the mailbox every day. Nine times out of ten it is critical of one of the two candidates for senator here in Tennessee. We have had two Republican senators for a long time, but that is in jeopardy this year as Phil Bredesen, a former governor, and Marsha Blackburn, a member of Congress for some time, vie for the seat being vacated by Bob Corker. Both sides are working this one pretty hard in broadcast media, also.


Lee - 11/2/2018 at 07:10 PM

I haven't been getting the political bothering. What I am getting is since it is toward year-end, these automated calls letting me know it is time for open enrollment for health insurance. I honestly get a call almost every hour. The machines are now even leaving voicemails.

And they are clever. They are now sending them from local area codes because they think people are more likely to pick up the phone if they think it is a local call.

Okay, back to the political intent of the thread.


cyclone88 - 11/2/2018 at 08:25 PM

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Haven't been getting phone calls but there is something in the mailbox every day. Nine times out of ten it is critical of one of the two candidates for senator here in Tennessee. We have had two Republican senators for a long time, but that is in jeopardy this year as Phil Bredesen, a former governor, and Marsha Blackburn, a member of Congress for some time, vie for the seat being vacated by Bob Corker. Both sides are working this one pretty hard in broadcast media, also.


Right, that IS a contest. Your post made me grateful that I'm not getting mail.


nebish - 11/2/2018 at 08:52 PM

I think it is as bad as it ever has been. We still have a landline, for now, and I LOVE to mess with these people when they call. Tell them all kind of crazy stuff til they hang up on me! Unfortunately most of the stuff is recordings now so I can't even get the satisfaction of annoying them since they called to annoy me.


Lee - 11/2/2018 at 08:54 PM

You are right that it is all recordings. And regarding my prior post, I haven't had a landline in almost 20 years so the calls I get are obviously to my cell. Pisses me off.


nebish - 11/2/2018 at 08:57 PM

I keep a landline just so I can give that phone number out instead of my cell number. Then I can pick and choose when to answer or just see what the voice mails are.


Jerry - 11/2/2018 at 11:49 PM

Wish they had updated their lists, they still text for the girl that had my number about 3 years ago.
BUT, I have fun texting back to them.
Every one I get is basically for Stacy Abrams, a black female running for governor.

Here's one: " Hi %%%%%%%, , I'm Schalyce w/ ColorofChange PAC. Did you know Stacy Abrams opponent Brian Kemp removed 37K Black voters from registration list?"

My response: obviously you don't keep up with the news. Quote from Kemps tweet. " The 53, 000 Georgians on our pending list can vote in the Nov 6 election."

I go on to give a link to the person that texted me how to find out about the pending list and what it is.
(The pending list is those sent by the various voter boards from each county that has incorrect or non-matching information on their registration forms.)

A link to that site:
https://atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/53000-pending-voters-geor gia-still-vote-what-to-know/

I also wondered why they were not concerned about the other 16,000 voters on the pending list who could also be persons of color such as hispanics, native Americans, and others.

I texted that I thought their text was apparently racist, misleading, and totally incorrect. Since no-one on the pending list has been removed from the voter rolls.

I haven't received another text from them.


cyclone88 - 11/7/2018 at 01:32 PM

Post-election silence is a wonderful thing.


MartinD28 - 11/7/2018 at 05:20 PM

quote:


Here's one: " Hi %%%%%%%, , I'm Schalyce w/ ColorofChange PAC. Did you know Stacy Abrams opponent Brian Kemp removed 37K Black voters from registration list?"

My response: obviously you don't keep up with the news. Quote from Kemps tweet. " The 53, 000 Georgians on our pending list can vote in the Nov 6 election."




I think it was a judge who overruled Kemp's actions. Kemp didn't volunteer to do it on his own, did he?

Things worked out for Kemp in winning in GA in spite of being a voter suppression guy. Things didn't work out well last night for Kris Kobach in Kansas as he lost in his run for Governor. For those who may not remember, Kaobach has spent a career attempting to prove voter fraud and attempting suppression efforts.


gina - 11/7/2018 at 09:52 PM

I must be on the Alex Jones supporter list, which must be more effective than the do not call list. They don't want to know what I think.


MartinD28 - 11/7/2018 at 10:03 PM

quote:
I must be on the Alex Jones supporter list, which must be more effective than the do not call list. They don't want to know what I think.


Surely Alex Jones reads this forum & knows what you think.


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