In March 2003, the Do Not Call registry was signed into law by president George W. Bush. This law allowed the FTC to create a voluntary registry of phone numbers whereby some entities could not legally call these numbers.
When registering to vote in Massachusets, there is a mention of an "Unlisted" phone number:
These two concepts seem to be closely related, but I am confused about their precise natures. The close association these two concepts have is in this procedure to put your cell phone on an unlisted phone registry:
- Tell your service provider that you do not want your cell phone number listed when you sign up for service. Your carrier might offer two options: "unpublished" and "unlisted." Choose both. If you sign up for service online or through a store that is unable to modify this feature, call your carrier's customer service department to request either or both options if available.
- Visit the National Do Not Call Registry (link in Resources). Click on the "Register" button to add your name to the list. Input your phone number and email address. After you click "Submit," an email confirmation will be mailed to you within a few minutes. Open the confirmation email and click on the link to complete the process.
For the purposes of voting, does adding a phone number (or cell number) to the Do Not Call registry mean that it is unlisted?