Fight back against political robocalls

There's no doubt it's politics time in the Valley. The signs are on every street corner.

Candidates’ messages are coming to phones across the Valley. And I don't like it.

I've seen the ads, done my research and know my candidate.

Getting these robo or automated phone calls at all hours is just annoying.

And I'm not alone.

Virginia sent me an e-mail saying "I'm being bombarded with political robocalls, fifty of them in the last week.  Several times there are over 10 in one day. I know the political calls are allowed within reason. Isn't that harassment or illegal? Can we, the consumers, do something about these calls?"

Virginia, you hit the nail on the head.

Even the "Do Not Call" list allows political robocalls.

But, and this is good, those calls are only allowed if sent to land lines.

If you get one on your cell phone, well, you've got yourself some ammunition!

Read the rules about political robocalls .

The law says pre-recorded voice messages, texts and even auto-dialed live calls to cell phones are prohibited.

There are two exceptions- emergencies and calls made with prior consent.

And the caller has to prove that consent.

The Federal Communications Commission takes it seriously.

They just fined one business nearly 3 million dollars for allegedly making illegal calls to cell phones for political campaigns and candidates.

And, even though the robocalls are allowed on your landline, rules say they can't go to emergency lines, lines in hospital patient rooms or nursing homes.

So, you say, Joe, that's fine. But what if I get a call from a live person trying to sway my vote?

Well, it's allowed. It's also the reason I have voice mail.

Need my help? Call the Assistance League of Phoenix volunteers at 1-855-323-1515. You can also send me an e-mail, a tweet, or like the Let Joe Know Facebook page and tell me about it there.

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