Voters in Collier & Lee County were put on notice last night that they may be receiving dozens of political phone calls on behalf of campaigns. Any voter in Florida, who entered their cell phone number on the voter reegistration card may be in for a big surprise! The Florida Elections Office has the right to sell your persoanl cell phone number to political candidates in your area or even the parties themselves!
A long standing myth that you needed to add your cell phone number to the National (or Florida) "Do Not Call" list could now be necessary. However it's unclear as to whether this will stop their calls since many charities, political organizations, and telephone surveyors are exempt from this law.
Lee County elections supervisor Sharon Harrington cleared up the matter last night on NBC2 news. She explained that as voter we are part of a statewide database which is a matter of public record. Now here's the part that's really going to get you... The Florida Elections office sells your information on CD with possibly thousands of cell phone numbers on it. So how much does it cost for thousands of phone numbers? Just $8, that right for less than 2 gallons or 4 Starbucks coffees! She says it's not required to include a phone number but it helps the elections office when you register in case there's a problem with your registration that keeps you form actually being registered.
You can call the elections office and request that your phone number be removed from the list.
The Florida Elections Office can be reached at(850)245-6200 or you may want to try them Toll Free 1-866-308-6739 and run up their bill instead of yours!
National Do Not Call List(free registration) www.DoNotCall.gov