Election Signs

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

Signs, signs everywhere there are signs. With Election Day just a week away, candidates are using thousands of election signs to make their final pitch to voters.

But there are a lot of regulations candidates have to follow to post political signs and not everyone plays by the rules.

John Harmon has put up hundreds of campaign signs for Illinois republicans over the years.

"I think it's for democracy and a better future for my grandkids,” Harmon says.

He says he obeys city ordinances, placing signs only on private property with owner approval, and putting them a certain distance from the right of way. But not everyone plays by the rules.

“it seems it's the same group of people every year who just scatter them everywhere. Maybe they just end up annoying people and it doesn't do them any good,” comments Harmon.

The Rockford City Election board gets complaints every year.

"Sometime people put them on their property without asking. That's one of the biggest. Also if they do obstruct anybody's view of traffic,” says Nancy Strain, the Executive Director of Rockford Board of Elections.

As Halloween approaches political signs could be the targets for more pranks. But some party leaders say you can't blame children for all of the problems.

"Unfortunately what sometimes happens in campaigns is that another campaign will take signs. I find that to be intolerable,” adds Mary Gaziano, Chair of Winnebago County Republican Party

Come Nov. 6, the day after Election Day, the city will face a new challenge. Removing all of the signs and disposing of them.


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