RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — You can’t turn on the TV or open the mailbox without seeing political ads. But do you want the same campaign rhetoric on your cell phone?
Political texts are spamming up voters’ phones and for some, it’s frustrating.
“It feels very intrusive when they start texting me and I just wanna say stop,” says Glen Allen voter Frank Creasy.
He received dozens of unwanted political texts over the past few weeks.
“It starts out with some introductory statement about this politician’s platform needs to be supported,” explained Creasy. “So we want you to give money. It’s always about money.”
Even if you never consented, your phone might still get spammed.
“It’s annoying,” adds Glen Allen voter Valerie Psuik, “It’s bad enough I have to watch the commercials over and over again but now I’m getting texts that I don’t want.”
Campaigns insist the texts are legal as long as they’re peer to peer. That means someone is sending each text out one at a time.
But the technique doesn’t matter to recipients who feel some of the messages cross the line, like the bold text that asked who has their vote.
“It’s just wrong. I think it’s frankly un-American to send somebody a message and ask them who they’re voting for,” explains Creasy, “That’s my private business. It’s not their business. It’s between me and that sheet when I go in to vote.”
How do you make it stop? Simply text STOP back to the sender.
You should receive a reply acknowledging they’ve removed you from their list.