Voters fed up with automated political calls

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- If you're annoyed by the phone calls during dinner with an automated voice on the other end, you're not alone.

Some say they are sick of being bombarded with calls from telemarketers and political campaigns.

In some states it's against the law to be harassed by robocallers.

The National Political Do Not Contact Registry has campaigned in the past to outlaw political robocalling altogether, but it's not as easy as you may think.

One of the most recent automated telephone calls by a political party sounds like this...

"Farmers from every corner of Alabama are touring the state with Dorman Grace because they know he's the only candidate for Agriculture Commissioner who is a true farmer."

Voters say they don't appreciate being interrupted by someone they can't talk to.

"They will call-- don't know how they got the phone number-- but they call, they give you a message...'vote for this person vote for that person'...but they never give you reasons why," said voter Terry Coleman.

Last year the Federal Trade Commission launched a new ruling prohibiting some robocalls.

The automated phone calls use computerized auto-dialers to deliver pre-recorded marketing messages.

"They seem to call at the time you don't need to be called...interrupting your day period," said Bonnie Fisher.

Robo calls have prompted thousands of complaints from consumers who do not want to be called at home, work, or on their cell phones.

While many of these pre-recorded messages will stop in a few months, calls from political campaigns are considered protected speech.

Sellers and telemarketers, who transmit pre-recorded messages to consumers, who have not agreed in writing to accept such messages face penalties up to 16,000 dollars per call.

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