Some turned off by invasive political campaigning

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- Early voting for the primary is underway in Arizona, and the campaigns are in high gear. People have probably seen ads pop up on their Facebook page, and maybe even received a few text messages. For some voters, however, the invasive messaging is a big turnoff.

"Way too many chefs in the kitchen," said Carol Parsons, who runs a catering business in the West Valley.

When Parsons' hands are on food, she can't touch her phone.

"I'll get these phone calls where people will call me from numbers I don't know, and it will keep ringing, ringing and ringing and they'll call back, like, three or four times," said Parsons. "If I don't pick up, then they send me a text message."

Days with a dozen or more phone calls, text and Facebook friend requests and message from campaigns.

"Bottom line is that they have my information, but I don't know who they are, and I don't like that," said Parsons.

"I can't drive down the street without seeing a million signs for some kind of politician," said Erica Sietsma with Digital Airstrike. "I get robocalls all day long."

Sietsma, however, says when it comes to the political push online, it's not that complex.

"It's just really easy," said Sietsma. "it's just your age and demographic, which most, all people put on their Facebook profile, and where you live, which most everyone puts on their Facebook profile."

Yet, Parsons has a private Facebook page with only 40 friends and family. With three weeks until the primary, she knows it's only going to get worse.

"I'm sitting there catering at an event, and my phone is flashing and flashing and flashing and I can't get it to stop," said Parsons.

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