Aug 8, 2012 at 9:16 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - Robocall season is underway, right along with election season.
Political robocalls, recorded messages from candidates or activist groups, are exempted from National Do Not Call Registry regulations, and some families have been targeted for several calls a day, with some cases documented where families have revived 10 political calls in one day.
Shaun Dakin founded the National Political Do Not Contact Registry in 2007 in hopes candidates would use the list to refine their calling logs. He describes robocalls as "disrespectful" of voters because they're one-sided conversations.
"Robocalls are kind of the perfect example of the marketing political machine with no civil discourse, no debate, no democracy," Dakin said. "You can't have a debate with a robocall."
Dakin says the calls are more than an annoyance. He's collected stories from around the country about how the calls tie up lines being kept open for emergencies, disrupt the sleep of night shift workers, and disturb people with mental health issues.
"Senior citizens may answer the call, they have dementia they get confused, they get agitated, the adult children have to leave their jobs, they have to come home and they have to take care of their parent," Dakin said.
With research done showing support for the claim, Dakin adds robocalls are for the most part ineffective and can even alienate those voters who support the cause.
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