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  1. #1
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    Default Ah, about free political signs.

    You do know that many campaigns do collect and reuse their signs. Clean Election candidates in particular cannot consider them a single use item. For many the next campaign is only 2 years away, and four years is not that long for the cost of signs. Ask your local party committee if they store signs.

    Referendum signs are pretty much a one shot deal though.
    It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
    They can learn them, they just can't do them.

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    Default Re: Ah, about free political signs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltybee View Post
    You do know that many campaigns do collect and reuse their signs. Clean Election candidates in particular cannot consider them a single use item. For many the next campaign is only 2 years away, and four years is not that long for the cost of signs. Ask your local party committee if they store signs.

    Referendum signs are pretty much a one shot deal though.
    I make it a point to only pick up the signs of the losers and I normally do it on election night. I get dozens of them. I usually leave the signs of the winners or those that might be involved in a run-off (in primaries). I am not aware of any "Clean Election" program in Alabama. I also do not believe our political signs are recycled or reused. Except by beekeepers and gun enthusiasts (target boards).

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    Default Re: Ah, about free political signs.

    I have collected mine in two big batches:

    Once, many years ago after a state-wide candidate lost the election despite a tsunami of signs. I looked up the phone number listed on the Sate Board of Elections for the candidate. It turned out to be his home number and his wife answered. When I explained why I called, she said I could have them all as "they were never going to run for election again!" (And they haven't, though the 50 or so signs I bagged that day are still in service in my bee yard.)

    At a county fair a couple of years ago, I met a local judge running for election (we do that here in NY). I asked about signs after the election. He said he'd get back to me. A few weeks before the election his Dad (and campaign manager) called and asked me if I was still interested. "Yes," I said, but hastened assure him I that wouldn't disturb any before Election Day. He then asked if I had a truck, which seemed odd. But then he explained they had some they didn't plan on using and could give me right away. When I arrived they loaded 13 cases of 100 signs each on to my trailer. Some days you just get lucky, by asking politely, first. (The judge won because he was running unopposed.)

    Nancy

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    Default Re: Ah, about free political signs.

    Good grief Nancy. That last haul has to be a lifetime supply.

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    Default Re: Ah, about free political signs.

    Taking signs can get you into legal trouble if caught doing so without permission. Locally we have had a problem with people stealing signs during the election. Dirty politics.
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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    Default Re: Ah, about free political signs.

    What are you using them for? Small hive beetle traps or??? Thanks

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