Getting Unsolicited Political Text Messages?

Texting is personal, right? When I get a text ping on my cellphone I react like one of Pavlov’s dog. You know, those canines that salivated whenever he rang a bell to feed them. Pretty soon, just ringing a bell made the dogs salivate.

For me, a text ping is like that bell. It grabs my attention. Gotta get at it RIGHT NOW. It means something important, something personal, something “nutritious,” is coming my way. A “Let’s get together” from a friend. A “Did you get my email” from my daughter. A “See you at noon” confirming a meeting.

But months ago, I started getting political texts from people I don’t know—campaign volunteers soliciting me to donate, attend a rally, phonebank, whatever. It was like the bell ringing without the food reward. At first I was mystified and then a little miffed. How’d they get my number? Is this legal? Is nothing sacred in the digital world? 

How do you stop these unsolicited texts?

Well, it turned out to be pretty easy peasy. Just type STOP—all caps—in response. It usually works.

On the other hand, getting texts from a candidate you like or support may be a plus. Or if you want to get out the vote, which is usually a good thing for Democrats , you might appreciate the potential value of political text messages.

New research suggests that the hundreds of millions of texts campaigns sent really did boost voter turnout — and that means you’ll get even more in 2020.”

Food for thought😊

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