The telephone is ringing
No good deed goes unpunished: as layman who actively participates in government, my home phone number (and occasionally my cell phone) is apparently on the radar of nearly every local campaign. I had no less than five political calls yesterday - most in the space of two hours - three of them robo-calls, and two from call centers whose caller ID showed the name of the candidate they represented. I can't count the number of total calls, but we've been averaging two to five per day for well over a week.
I take voting very seriously, and I do not make decisions based on commercials, marketing, or on who endorses a given candidate, but on what the candidates themselves have to say. I do my best to make a well-educated vote in every election. If I am for some reason important enough for a candidate to actually talk to, I welcome their call: otherwise, I'd ask that they respect my privacy and the privacy of my family and not use this inexpensive but ineffective means of campaigning. I get plenty of flyers and e-mail to inform me of who is running and what they'd like me to know - all of that is more than sufficient for me to begin researching candidates.
All it takes is for the candidates in question to offer an opt-out option (I've been called repeatedly by several specific campaigns) or agree to create a statewide political do-not-call registry. A National Political Do-Not-Call Registry already exists; Illinois could be the first state to actually put the list into practice. That would be something I'd vote for.