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Sign up for election clean up

It’s a sign of the times.

OK, that’s a poor pun trotted out at the beginning of every election campaign as the various parties and candidates plaster the landscape with signs urging us to vote for them. I guess it works on some voters, since the parties and candidates keep spending money on the signs.

The funny thing is, most of the people I talk to don’t base their vote on who has the most signs or the fanciest-looking ones.

They base their vote on such strange concepts as what the party and candidate stand for on the issues and how willing the candidate is to fight for the needs of the constituency.

I know. What kind of a way is that to decide who to vote for?

I have noticed something about Prince George and election signs: the parties and candidates are generally very good about getting the signs removed quite quickly after the election. You’ll occasionally see a stray sign a month or so after the voting date, but for the most part, they’re gone within a day or so.

If only some of the people who hold concerts or garage sales would be as diligent.

I don’t know if they still do it, but some years ago in Kamloops the people running the campaigns in a federal election got together a few days before the election, and divided the city up.

No, they weren’t figuring out what areas were going to vote for what candidate. What they were doing was organizing for the sign cleanup.

Each party took a part of the city, and on election night they went through and took down all the signs, regardless of what candidate.

They took all the signs to a central location (my failing memory says it was something like, locally, the Connaught Youth Centre) with a large gymnasium-style room.

They put the signs from each candidate in separate areas of the gym, then came back the next day, picked up all the signs for their candidate and did whatever they wanted to do to dispose of them.

I know one of the winning candidates kept all her signs, then used them in the next election with the word “Re-elect” replacing “Elect.”

I just hope the current campaign doesn’t remind me of the Five Man Electrical Band song.

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

Blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind.”

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