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is approaching and political ads are swarming all over your , inbox, mailbox and now your text messages. Unfortunately, there is no Do Not Text register that applies to subtitles in the same way as it does . However, there is still a way to try to stop political ads from bombarding your phone.
If you are wondering how the organization got your number in the first place, it dependsfor election purposes – so if you are one , your information is registered.
How to stop the texts on your phone.
Reply STOP to the sender
Usually when you get a political text message, you Can opt out. You may see a message in the text text such as “reply STOP or unsubscribe to stop receiving messages.” Before responding, however, you must ensure that it is a legitimate campaign number and not a fraudster. If you respond to a fraud, it sends the sender that your number is active.
You may need to text STOP several times if several political campaigners reach you from different numbers.
Filter out the text messages
Your smartphone has features that allow you to filter out text messages from unknown senders. While this does not prevent unknown senders from texting you, it will hide the messages so you do not have to see them. How to filter the messages on iPhones ($ 699 on Amazon) and Android phones.
If you are an iPhone user, open settings app and press Messages. From here, scroll down and select Filter unknown senders and swipe the shift setting on. This sorts messages from people who are not in your contact list into a separate list.
If you are an Android user, open the Messages app settings on your phone and select Spam protection. Then select Enable spam protection. Note that the steps to get there may vary depending on the Android phone you are using.
Contact the campaign that sends you an SMS
If all else fails, you can contact the political campaign that is texting you and ask them to remove you from their list. (Volunteers often text you about the campaigns and try to get your vote.) They should then remove you from the contact list, but if they do not, you can report them to the Federal Communications Commission.
For more election information, here is, and make sure you before going to the polls.