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Old 11-01-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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Election Lawn Signs

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Do you have a political sign on your lawn right now?
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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Such signs must be verboten in our neighborhood - thanks goodness!!

Heck - DH won't even let me put up the alarm security sign.
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:48 PM   #3
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My lawn confirms my support of the Green Party
...........and the Leaf Party, lately
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NO! I'm so tired of getting all these flyers, so NO I don't have any signs. All the flyers go directly into my recycle bin. There are some yard signs on my street tho. Two neighbors directly across the street from each other have signs up opposing each other.

I've never had so many people come directly to my door handing out flyers. Today, I was rushing around getting ready to leave and the door bell rang causing my dog to go heywire. I was yelling at the dog to be quiet, holding on to her so she wouldn't run out and answering the door. The poor lady didn't stay long after I answered with my own growl.
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:22 PM   #5
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No signs in my yard.

I plan to go to vote tomorrow for people whose names I have not heard mentioned in the barrage of excruciating TV ads. If the name is completely unknown to me, he/she is my candidate.
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:35 PM   #6
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No. Like many places our town has a rule limiting when a yard sign can appear (30 days before the election, removal the day after the election). Next year this new state law applies: Campaign signs: Illinois law will let campaign signs stay up year-round - chicagotribune.com

so there will be no limit to how long one can have a political yard sign. It will be interesting to see how early the campaign signs start appearing (and how long it will take after the election before they are stolen removed by neighbors).
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I will be SO glad to see 11.3.2010.
No more robo calls, no more fliers, no more canvassers and for heavens sake no more #%$@#&*^$# political commercials.
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:40 PM   #8
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Audrey,
Not sure, but I don't think they can outlaw them. Something about free speech. I think they can control the number and size.
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:09 PM   #9
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Not sure, but I don't think they can outlaw them. Something about free speech. I think they can control the number and size.
Whether homeowner associations can bar political signs is a matter of state law. Because it isn't the government banning speech it isn't a first amendment issue. A very quick Google search, and who knows if the results are accurate, indicates that Texas law may provide that homeowner associations can't bar lawn signs but as you say, can control size and number.

For me? First year in maybe 30 years without a sign.
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Not sure, but I don't think they can outlaw them. Something about free speech. I think they can control the number and size.
Well then, all my neighbors must have good taste! LOL!
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It's important that people count the signs and vote for whoever has the most. This is how democracy is supposed to work.
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Here is one political consultant's take on lawn signs - he strongly believes that they don't work and that campaigns could better spend their time and money on other things.

http://mpapolitical.com/

scroll down to the second piece on the page
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No, but I snuck onto Finance Dude's yard tonight and planted a bunch of 'em
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Don't be too fast to underestimate the impact of a lawn sign.

Yard Sign With Candidate's Name On It Electrifies Congressional Race | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
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Not sure, but I don't think they can outlaw them. Something about free speech. I think they can control the number and size.

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No. Like many places our town has a rule limiting when a yard sign can appear (30 days before the election, removal the day after the election). Next year this new state law applies: Campaign signs: Illinois law will let campaign signs stay up year-round - chicagotribune.com
That's depressing. Our neighborhood has very strict rules (no fences, etc), and overall, I like that. It's one of the reasons I moved here. These political signs are the most obnoxious, trashy pieces of ticky-tack around. If I put up a sign like that for anything other than political reasons, I'd be getting a visit from local LE, as it should be. What makes a an advert for a candidate any more worthy of 'free speech" than an advert for a business?

Just like the Do-Not-Call list, politicians get away with anything. I'm tired of people hiding behind "free speech". That's baloney. I'll "free speech" them with a bull horn at 3AM, and we'll see how much of a "free speech" fan they are. Suddenly, we will learn that "free speech" has limits!

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For me? First year in maybe 30 years without a sign.
Martha, please don't take this personally, as we all know you to be an intelligent, caring person - but in general, I have to question the intelligence of people who put out a yard sign (like the single obnoxious neighbor in our area). Like I'm supposed to be swayed in any way by a name in bright red or blue letters (see T-Al's sarcasm on this)? Like the article Gumby linked - just a name, no message, no context. If they have money to waste on signs with no message, that tells me something. If they are trying to attract voters who are too stupid/lazy to get to the issues, and are counting on "ummm, I'm in the voting booth, I saw that name on a sign, I guess I'll check that box, yeseree", then that is the person I do NOT want to vote for. It's pandering to idiots.

We need to get that messenger out - yard signs are a negative factor in an election - maybe that will decrease them.

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I think anyone should be able to put a sign of any kind on their private property. However, I never have and never will. I don't see the point. It seems unlikely a sign with just a name on it would influence anyone.
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I'd be happy to put a sign on my lawn .... if I was paid for it (it would also help if I actually had a lawn).
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None in my yard, but dozens in my garage. The metal frames make great wickets for beach ball croquet. I also use them to prop up my tomatos and bean plants, and for low climbing vines. I am a great fan of the democratic process.
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