Robocalls and the political do not call list approach

In reaction to a pending advisory opinion (Advisory Opinion Request 2009-27) before the Federal Election Commission, The Star Tribune advocates a political do not call list in this editorial.

Sure, there are technological and regulatory ways around automated calls, but why should voters, especially during these tough times, have to pay for caller ID?

If a court case is triggered, the outcome would be uncertain. But what is clear is that politicians and parties respond to voters. Each should be asked to pledge not to use robocalls, regardless of what the FEC or a court says, and instead respond to the court of public opinion, which seems to overwhelmingly opt for the literal, and figurative, political do not call list.

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