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CaliforniaPeggy

(150,295 posts)
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:04 PM Jun 2016

Today, our phone has been ringing off the hook.

I look over at the caller ID and of course it's not someone I know.

I KNOW it's about the election.

I want to yell into it "We voted already! Go away and leave us alone!"

But then I'd have to answer it.

And I refuse to answer.

Bastards.

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Today, our phone has been ringing off the hook. (Original Post) CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2016 OP
But, but, but WhiteTara Jun 2016 #1
I AM looking forward to all of them being over! n/t CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2016 #2
They are most likely volunteers. While annoying, good for them for being involved in the process! demmiblue Jun 2016 #3
They most likely are, true. CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2016 #4
My pet peeve are the people hounding you at your polling place. demmiblue Jun 2016 #5
There was none of that at my polling place. CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2016 #7
Well I can tell you my phone was also ringing off the hook dorkzilla Jun 2016 #6
Sweetest of dreams! CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2016 #8
That's exactly why I stopped volunteering that way Hortensis Jun 2016 #19
I have an app PasadenaTrudy Jun 2016 #9
Those are good responses. CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2016 #13
Just so you know... not all phone bankers are annoying... MrMickeysMom Jun 2016 #10
Good for you! I just don't want to deal with the intrusion, no matter how nice the caller is. CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2016 #11
Ah-HAH! MrMickeysMom Jun 2016 #12
Could very well be, lol! CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2016 #14
I've been getting long text messages that come in several pieces, very annoying stopwastingmymoney Jun 2016 #15
I have found that if I answer and tell them I already voted... Cerridwen Jun 2016 #16
Blessed silence from the phone in Oregon gratuitous Jun 2016 #17
I stopped just answering it years ago. bemildred Jun 2016 #18

WhiteTara

(29,786 posts)
1. But, but, but
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:13 PM
Jun 2016

you might miss this opportunity!! But gratefully it will all be over by tomorrow and those calls will slow to a trickle. Pollsters will start up with a vengeance...or at least they do in my neck of the woods.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,295 posts)
4. They most likely are, true.
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:19 PM
Jun 2016

It is very annoying.

This is why I will not phone bank. It's an intrusion and I cannot do it.

demmiblue

(37,074 posts)
5. My pet peeve are the people hounding you at your polling place.
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:25 PM
Jun 2016

No, I don't want to hear your spiel or receive a free pencil!

I whisk by with a smile and a no-thank-you.

(I could never phone bank, either)

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,295 posts)
7. There was none of that at my polling place.
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:26 PM
Jun 2016

In fact, I have never seen any polling place where that was going on. It borders on electioneering.

dorkzilla

(5,141 posts)
6. Well I can tell you my phone was also ringing off the hook
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:25 PM
Jun 2016

When I see a number I don't recognize I do a quick Google search of the number. ~15 calls today-everyone a telemarketing scam.

I ended my day in horror as I watch my remote security cameras and saw 5 cops enter my restaurant with their guns drawn. One of my employees didn't lock the door when they closed up and it set off the burglar alarms.

I'm going to sleep now.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
19. That's exactly why I stopped volunteering that way
Wed Jun 8, 2016, 08:11 AM
Jun 2016

a few general elections ago. As had become usual, instead of being put on areas that didn't get many calls (a lot more likely to be appreciated by the callees, of course), I was hitting people in Ohio who'd been inundated for weeks, and now all day long.

MrMickeysMom

(20,453 posts)
10. Just so you know... not all phone bankers are annoying...
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:33 PM
Jun 2016

I've been phone banking for Bernie Sanders all this time. It's true, some people are truly put off by it, and I know this within 2 seconds (if they don't just hang up immediately...)

More likely, when they hear me tell them that I'm a volunteer for Bernie, they will verbally cue me that I can go ahead. And, when I do, I remain very positive, respectful, and thank them... always thank them for your time. I believe if you're going to phone bank, you should be concise, to the point, and very pleasant. I am thanked most every time unless there is a language barrier.

It might have been me calling if yesterday. I helped some people know which place to vote. I know that these folks should know, but for various reasons (mostly, as many were new voters), they thanked me for that.

I'm doing the best I can while writing all the letters to my state's Super-delegates. I feel that if I'm gonna do something, I'll do it the best way and can, and I'll always be nice.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,295 posts)
11. Good for you! I just don't want to deal with the intrusion, no matter how nice the caller is.
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:35 PM
Jun 2016

So I don't answer!

Cerridwen

(13,260 posts)
16. I have found that if I answer and tell them I already voted...
Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:53 PM
Jun 2016

I have found that if I answer and tell them I already voted I don't receive any more calls.

Apparently, once they've entered your "already voted" status, your name falls off the call list.

Of course, it depends on how often their database polls and updates but it's usually a good bet that it will update and they will no longer spend time calling people who have "already voted" and they will concentrate on those whose status is not updated and may need to be reminded to vote.

YMMV.



gratuitous

(82,849 posts)
17. Blessed silence from the phone in Oregon
Wed Jun 8, 2016, 12:39 AM
Jun 2016

Vote by mail, and nobody calls as soon as the County Registrar receives my ballot.

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