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

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Cease undesirable textual content messages in your telephone.

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

Election Day is getting nearer and political advertisements 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 means it does to phone calls. There’s, nevertheless, nonetheless a means you’ll be able to try and cease political advertisements from bombarding your telephone.

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

This is cease the texts in your telephone.

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Reply STOP to the sender

Often if you obtain a political textual content message, you can opt-out. You may even see a message within the textual content physique like “reply STOP or unsubscribe to cease receiving messages.” Earlier than responding, nevertheless, ensure it is a authentic marketing campaign quantity and never a scammer. If you happen to reply to a rip-off message, it lets the sender know your quantity is lively.

You might have to textual content STOP a number of occasions if a number of political marketing campaign individuals 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 can disguise the messages so you do not have to see them. This is filter out the messages on iPhones ($699 at Amazon) and Android phones.

If you happen to’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. This can kind messages from individuals who aren’t in your contact record right into a separate record.

If you happen to’re an Android person, open the Messages app Settings in your telephone and choose Spam safety. Then, choose Allow spam safety. Be aware that the steps to get there might range based mostly on which Android telephone you are utilizing.


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

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Contact the marketing campaign that is texting you

If all else fails, you’ll be able to contact the political marketing campaign that is texting you and inform them to take away you from their record. (It is usually volunteers who’re texting you concerning the campaigns, attempting to get your vote.) They need to then take away you from the contact record, but when they do not, you’ll be able to report them to the Federal Communications Commission.

For extra election info, listed below 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