Thursday, August 10, 2017

Election Season 2018: Campaign signs in the front yard. Can everyone please wait until January 8th to put them out?


The latest news is another is in the running for election to the Lake Worth City Commission on March 13th, 2018 (use this link for the City’s website). That will make 5 total (including 3 incumbents) and word is there are many more candidates in the wings. The incumbents have a big advantage, of course, and the challengers will be in a real hurry to get their names out there.

However, the actual 2-week Qualifying Period to get your name on the ballot doesn’t even begin until November 28th.

An ordinance about campaign signs — the time period they are allowed prior to an election — is not being enforced any more by the Lake Worth Code Enforcement Dept. So everyone is on the honor system.

The unwritten City policy is:

Because the Silly Red Signs [see example below] have been out there for almost five years now, all political signs are allowed with no time limit or regulation whatsoever. The sign’s political message, no matter how silly or stupid, must remain untouched by the City.

[Did you know political campaign signs are protected Free Speech and that stealing or vandalizing a campaign sign is a crime? Learn more about that at the end of this blog post.]

There’s another reason to hold off putting out signs: am still sensing a lot of “voter fatigue”. There remains plenty of interest in Lake Worth political history, recent as well, but going forward think the public mood is “let’s take a break for a while” vis-à-vis the prospect of new faces on the City Commission.

The public needs a break.

Hold off until January 8th next year before putting campaign signs out in the front yard. 

Why Jan. 8th? That’s the Monday following the long New Year’s weekend the previous week (New Year’s Day falls on a Monday next year). Enjoy the first week of New Year 2018 (Jan. 1st–Jan. 7th) — celebrate, comisserate, carouse, have a ball, kick up one’s heels, feast, extol, revel, make merry, beat a drum, jubilate — and then let the campaign begin on Janaury 8th!

Remember: Signs don’t vote. People do.

But if you do plan on putting signs out very early. Some ideas and suggestions:
Note the use of 5-pointed stars and the subdued greens and blues on white #5 non-recyclable Chloroplast.

Color progression is also very important. See how the red pops to blue and then blends into the green and then the blue again:
Silly Red Signs can mix up the color scheme. Have a sign with vibrancy! Draw the viewer in.

A slate of candidates in 2015: Gary, Frank, and Ryan! They all lost but got points for patriotism and promoting “The American Way!”
Note the mix of blues and red: Be patriotic! Show your love for the planet: Go GREEN! You may not win but you do get points for style!

Location. Location. Location.
Street corners (intersections) are the BEST locations.
Don’t have all the signs facing the same way. Get them coming and going!

Important. Find a location with an unobstructed clear view. Note the parked car:
Another tip: Write down the location of all your signs. You might need them again!

What if signs get stolen? Use this link for instructions on how to handle that issue. Good Luck!

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