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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Election Day is getting closer and political ads are swarming all over your Facebook feed, inbox, mailbox and now your text messages. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Do Not Text registry that applies to texting the same way it does to phone calls. There is, however, still a way you can attempt to stop political ads from bombarding your phone.

If you’re wondering how the organization got your number in the first place, it’s because all states allow access to voter data for election purposes — so if you’re a registered voter, your information is on file. 

Here’s how to stop the texts on your phone.


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