Friday, October 28, 2011

Elections Signs on Halloween

This is a quick post to all the candidates out there that are running.  

It is very important you take down all your signs on October 31st.   I have been involved in campaigning for close on 30 years and the single worst night for sign destruction is Halloween.   I expect more or less all the signs on public spaces to be trashed on that night.   I expect close to half of them on private property to be trashed.

The bigger coroplast signs will be spray painted, knocked down, split in two, simply disappear, or set alight.    The smaller signs will be ripped and their metal frames will be bent enough so that you can not use them.

The bigger the sign, the bigger the chance it will be destroyed or defaced.

I would suggest that all the candidates with signs up seriously consider taking them all down Monday afternoon.   Even if you are willing to endure the expense of the signs being destroyed, you are still the person responsible for tracking down and disposing of the wrecked signs.  If you do not take them down on October 31st, your campaign will spend more time on November 1st cleaning up than the take down would have taken.   If you do not clean up, you will lose votes for the mess the signs make.

I have had to clean up partially burned coroplast signs, it is a mess and a waste or your time.

Personally I would take down all the signs this afternoon and put them back up Tuesday morning.   Tonight and Saturday night are going to see a lot of Halloween parties and this means that a lot of signs will get trashed this weekend as well as on October 31st.

After the election, I will happily pick up all of your metal frames for your lawn signs, my son Ben is doing a bunch of fundraisers to be able to go to a Jamboree in Scotland next summber and a scrap metal drive is one of them.
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