Use of Campaign Signs
Use of Signs
Signs are an important political ritual in their communities, and they need them to generate a visible cascade of support for their candidate. While their stories vary, what they share is growing frustration with their state and national headquarters.
The candidate loves the sign because it's reassuring for them to see their support out in the community. The voter, the supporters love the signs cause they like to show their pride.
In many cases the posting of the sign is more of a statement by the person posting it, than it is an effort to win over new votes.
It's the same as where people wear a button of a candidate on their lapel, like to get a T-shirt; it's a personal expression of support for a candidate.
It's also expensive. This year the Obama campaign reportedly told its field offices to let supporters buy their own signs.
Lawn signs are supposed to make voters feel they're 'not alone' -- it's okay to vote for X because everyone else is. The signs can have value in cases where name recognition is a problem, especially in small races where voters may not be paying attention.
Campaign signs, like these set up on a Florida roadside, can be recycled for use in the garden.
You know those election lawn signs that litter roadsides at this time of year? The ones made of metal and covered by cardboard or plastic that tell you to vote for whomever?
Some communities have attempted to pass laws that require the campaigns to remove the signs once an election is over. But many of these signs still clutter the scenery weeks later.
However, my wife discovered that the metal frames (minus the actual signage) are a free resource that have a number of uses in the garden and elsewhere. We've been scooping them up for several years now, and frankly, we figure most towns are happy to see them go.
Election day is Tuesday, so here are a few suggestions:
Use them to prop up top-heavy plants like peonies. Use as is or you can easily bend them to curve or zigzag around the plant. From a few feet away, they're barely noticeable (especially when they rust to a natural brown).
Several political signs can be placed to create a box frame for deer or bird netting to protect precious plants or berries. Political signs,
You can reuse them to create signs for yard sales (especially useful because many towns forbid tacking signs onto a tree or telephone pole). And after you retrieve the signs, you can store them for future sales.
We've even used them (with the assistance of duct tape or staples) to prop up holiday decorations (plastic signs from foam Halloween gravestones, for example). plastic signs
Before collecting the signs, however, there are a few things to consider:
As a courtesy, do not remove the lawn signs until after the election (even if you think the advertised candidate is an idiot). lawn signs
The part of the sign that you don't use may be recyclable. In some towns and at some supermarkets, you can recycle the plastic bag signs (look for the recycling triangle usually printed below the main message). Cardboard signs also may be recycled, but if it's printed on plastic or plastic-coated stock you'll have to toss it into the trash.
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