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Bill Clinton called my house

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, November 3rd, 2008 at 2:45 pm in 2008 November election, 2008 presidential election.

So did actor Charlie Sheen. And U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. And Sen. Tom Torlakson.

My phone rang all weekend, in fact, with those annoying pre-recorded phone messages called robocalls.

Yes, robocalls are illegal in California. But campaigns get around the law by originating the calls outside of California and the jurisdiction of the state Public Utilities Commission.

If you are curious about who is getting these calls and where, the National Do Not Contact Registry has created an interesting Google map site. You can also enter a call made to your house into the map through Twitter by clicking here.

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  • http://www.arnesimonsen.com Arne Simonsen

    Lisa, you must be “special” as we’ve received no robocalls from Sheen, Feinstein or Torlakson.

    Perhaps I should consider myself lucky. Besides, if my wife had answered one of those she would of hung up on them right away

    On the other hand, I have participated in two Rasmussen polls so far :)

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    I suspect it has more to do with the fact that I am registered “decline to state” So is my husband. And we didn’t vote until we mailed in our ballots on Friday. Voting early is a good way to get yourself removed from the robocall list.

  • Tom

    “Voting early is a good way to get yourself removed from the robocall list.”

    Good to know (all the more reason to vote by mail), but raises a few questions. Do the robocall operations actually update their databases that frequently? To know that an individual voter has already voted, that data would have to be provided by the county Registrar; is it costly for the Registrar to provide that info say, daily, or do the robocall firms pick up the cost? Also, I have an unlisted phone number and vote by mail. How is my phone number linked to my ballot address?

    Just wondering….