Political calls and texts: Here are the rules

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This election season, you may receive many calls or texts from political campaigns. Although calls and texts are not covered by the Do Not Call list, they must comply with certain Federal Communications Commission rules. Watch the full report in the video player above. CallsCampaigns may not call your mobile phone with auto-dialed or pre-recorded voice calls without your consent. Companies may call your landline with an automated dialer or pre-recorded voice message without your consent. Pre-recorded messages must begin with the caller ID and must include the caller’s phone number. TextsCampaign does not allow autodialing text messages. This is where the phone or computer dials a pre-programmed phone number. However, the FCC says that political text messages can be sent without your consent if the person sending the text types them manually. If you receive unsolicited texts, report the sender by forwarding the texts to 7726 or spam. Companies must also honor opt-out requests if you respond “stop.” How to report political calls or texts. If you believe you have received a political call or text that is not If you are not following FCC rules, you can file a complaint at the FCC website.

During this election season, you may receive many calls or texts from political campaigns.

While campaign calls and texts are not subject to the requirements of the Do Not Call list, they must comply with certain Federal Communications Commission rules.

Watch the full report in the video player above.

Calls

Companies cannot call your cell phone with autodialer or pre-recorded voice calls without your consent.

Companies may call your landline with an automated dialer or pre-recorded voice message without your consent.

Pre-recorded messages must begin with the caller ID and must include the caller’s phone number.

Texts

Companies are not allowed to send text messages using autodialer. This is where the phone or computer dials a pre-programmed phone number.

However, the FCC says that political text messages can be sent without your consent if the person sending the text types them manually.

If you receive unsolicited texts, report the sender by forwarding the texts to 7726 or to spam.

Companies must also honor opt-out requests if you respond “stop.”

How to report political calls or texts

If you believe you have received a political call or text that does not comply with FCC rules, you may file a complaint with FCC website.

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