7 comments for “Galloway Robocalls

  1. Anaheim Labor
    June 2, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Well there goes my vote out the indow for Galoway. How does this message fly with organized labor?

    • ocresident
      June 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      I know that automated calls can be frustrating for many people. But I guess I don’t really see the difference between the calls and precinct walkers coming to your door. I’m sure many people are annoyed by the walkers, too; but just as you can hang up on the calls, you can just not answer the door. And, precinct walks have been the mainstay of labor campaigning for years.

      I’m certainly open to hearing other perspectives on this issue. Maybe I’m just less easily annoyed, but am I missing something here? What’s the big irritation reserved for automated political calls?

  2. June 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Robocalls are illegal in CA.

    Law is here >

    http://www.stoppoliticalcalls.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/25151

    Shaun Dakin
    CEO
    StopPoliticalCalls.org

    • Lyle Comry
      June 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      I tried to sign up for a membership at the site you linked to, but when I go to the site’s https page to enter my credit card info, my browser (all of them) tell me that the page has unauthenticated content and is not secure. I will not enter my CC info into a site that is not fully secure. Seems like an organization concerned with voter privacy should get that part right.

  3. ocresident
    June 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Mr. Dakin,

    Using the links you provided, I found this provision in the CPUC code:

    “This article does not apply to any automatic
    dialing-announcing device that is not used to randomly or
    sequentially dial telephone numbers but that is used solely to
    transmit a message to an established business associate, customer, or other person having an established relationship with the person
    using the automatic dialing-announcing device to transmit the
    message, or to any call generated at the request of the recipient.”

    In the case of political automated calls, there are no random or sequentially dialed phone numbers. The numbers are provided by the voters on their voter registration form. My interpretation of this active action on the part of the voter is that they have willingly provided their contact information to the Registar of Voters with the understanding that they are establishing a relationship with the Registrar. As a result, their information may be used to contact them. Further, there is nothing in the registration form that indicates that providing a phone number is required (I didn’t provide a phone number or email on my form). If voters don’t want a call, they can just call the ROV office to have it removed from their file.

    I fail to see how the CPUC has anything to enforce here. There is an established business relationship between the ROV and the voters, hence the code allows automated calls. And, voters can simply remove their phone number if they no longer want to receive such calls. Adding themselves to your list is an unnecessary waste of time.

    • Lyle Comry
      June 6, 2010 at 11:59 am

      I never gave my phone number to the ROV. In fact, my phone number is only 4 months old, and I have not contacted the ROV since 2008. So why am I receiving robocalls from political candidates on my phone? I got 8 of them yesterday. I’ve had on average about 6 per day for weeks! There is nothing I can do about it! At this point, I will not vote for any candidate who robocalls my phone. I will gladly support any candidate with money and time who promises to get current law changed to stop these robocalls.

      • ocresident
        June 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

        It sounds like some camapaigns are using phone lists that are either outdated or were acquired from a call center operator of some sort. I agree that no candidate should be either random dialing or using phone numbers from a call center. Ever since I removed my phone number from my record several years ago, I have never had another robocall to my number.

        Since such records are kept at the ROV, and any campaign can have access to that public information, they should only be using that information. Any campaigns not using that data can and should be fined under the CPUC regulations.

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