Originally Posted by Mecklomaniac
... I was visiting family in Colorado in 2008. The ads were bad but even worse were the get out the vote phone calls. After the 20th or so call on election day, I got a laugh when my Dad unplugged his phone.
I'd say it's slightly worse this year. My wife and I are unaffiliated. We get an average of between 3 and 4 calls a day. About a third of those are for the presidential race, the rest for everything else, ranging from senate seats to RTD commisioners to pollsters. 90% of these are robo calls and I hang up on them within just a few seconds.
Our mailbox has been jammed with all kinds of political junk mail. In addition to the usual fliers, we've even gotten packaged brochures and CDs. (Mostly from PAC committees). These all go straight to the trash.
We've had 3 door to door solicitations in October. One from a statehouse candidate, one from the spouse of a statehouse candidate, and one from an Obama worker. Unlike the robo calls and junk mail, I actually took the time to talk to these folks and listened to what they had to say.
My recollection is that the whole thing is up about 10-20% from 2008.