Tired of getting political texts and ads on your phone? Do this

Cease undesirable textual content messages in your cellphone.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, PJDM’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

With Election Day getting nearer, political adverts are swarming throughout your Facebook feed, inbox, mailbox and now your textual content messages. Sadly, there is not a Do Not Textual content registry that applies to texting the identical approach it does to phone calls. There’s, nonetheless, nonetheless a approach you possibly can try and cease political adverts from bombarding your cellphone.

For those who’re additionally questioning how the group acquired your quantity within the first place, it is as a result of all states allow access to voter data for election functions — so when you’re a registered voter, your data is on file. 

Here is how one can cease the texts in your cellphone.

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Reply STOP to the sender

Normally once you obtain a political textual content message, you can opt-out. You might even see a message within the textual content physique like “reply STOP or unsubscribe to cease receiving messages.” Earlier than responding, nonetheless, be certain it is a reputable marketing campaign quantity and never a scammer. For those who reply to a rip-off message, it lets the sender know your quantity is energetic.

You will have to textual content STOP a number of occasions if a number of political marketing campaign persons are reaching out to you from completely different numbers.

Filter out the textual content messages

Your smartphone has capabilities that allow you to filter out textual content messages from unknown senders. Whereas this does not cease unknown senders from texting you, it’ll conceal the messages so you do not have to see them. Here is how one can filter out the messages on iPhones ($699 at Amazon) and Android phones.

For those who’re an iPhone person, open the Settings app and faucet Messages. From right here, scroll down and choose Filter Unknown Senders and swipe the toggle setting on. It will kind messages from individuals who aren’t in your contact listing right into a separate listing.

For those who’re an Android person, open the Messages app Settings in your cellphone and choose Spam safety. Then, choose Allow spam safety. Word that the steps to get there might fluctuate based mostly on which Android cellphone you are utilizing.


The Messages settings in your iPhone or Android may help filter out texts.

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Contact the marketing campaign that is texting you

If all else fails, you possibly can contact the political marketing campaign that is texting you and inform them to take away you from their listing. (It is typically volunteers who’re texting you in regards to the campaigns, making an attempt to get your vote.) They need to then take away you from the contact listing, but when they do not, you possibly can report them to the Federal Communications Commission.

For extra election data, listed here are seven things you can do to make your vote count, how to track your election ballot online and ensure you know what your voting rights are earlier than you head to the polls.

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Katie Conner