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It’s Halloween. Take your signs down

It's Halloween, which is great for the candy manufacturers, fun for the kids, but often terrible for campaign signs.

Those placards on a stick are among the easiest targets for Halloween mischief. Mustaches and devils horns get spray-painted onto candidate faces, obscenities get scrawled on issue signs and some just flat disappear, never to be seen again.

While it may infringe slightly on your First Amendment rights of political speech, it might be wise to uproot your signs and store them in a garage, basement or backyard until Thursday.

If you're reading this in the morning, go do it NOW. Don't think you'll remember when you come home from work, because there's a chance you won't. If you're reading it at work, call home and have your spouse, significant other or responsible offspring do it.

If you don’t, and something happens to them, don’t call the newspaper to report some deep plot by the opposing candidate or issue campaign to steal your sign.

Election reminder: Save your signs

Wednesday is Halloween. While it is mostly a holiday devoted to raising the blood sugar levels of small children, it is also a time when older youths wander around looking for trouble to get into.
Among the easiest targets for such mischief are campaign yard signs. Mustaches and devils horns get spray-painted onto candidate faces, obscenities get scrawled on issue signs and some just flat disappear, never to be seen again.

While it may infringe slightly on your First Amendment rights of political speech, it might be wise to uproot your signs Tuesday, store them in a garage, basement or backyard until Thursday.

If you don’t, and something happens to them, don’t call the newspaper to report some deep plot by the opposing candidate or issue campaign to steal your sign.

Republicans and Democrats finally unite: Don’t steal campaign signs

The leaders of the local Democratic and Republican parties issued a rare joint statement today on a topic that each election cycle leads to an incredible amount of finger-pointing.

They’re message: Stop stealing signs, stop vandalizing them and stop trespassing.

To see their letter, read the full post:

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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