November 11, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Nov. 11, 2013


---- — CHEERS to all the politicians who got right out there after Election Day and removed their signs from North Country roadsides.

Before Nov. 5, we asked our Facebook friends what influenced their votes, and election signs were at the bottom of the list. In fact, some people seemed downright hostile about the signs that populate roadsides this time of year.

You can rest assured that people are particularly annoyed to see those signs linger far beyond Election Day.

The day after elections, Edward Schiffler, who lives in Peru, sent us this email, which aptly illustrates how many people feel about signage:

“It was most pleasant to get up and drive to my class this morning, the day after election. All of the election signage in the Town of Peru was removed, no longer there; they were totally gone.

“I inquired as to who was responsible for this feat. I was told it was Mike Farrell, the Peru highway (superintendent), and I suspect he had help from his staff. I wish to extend a big thank you to all who worked on this project.

“The Town of Peru was very well endowed with election signs. I understand the need for signs at election time; however, once the polls close, the signs now become unattractive roadside litter and bad memories for some.

“There is a lesson to be learned here. It would be so nice if the other surrounding towns and the City of Plattsburgh followed Mike Farrell’s example and promptly removed all election signage after Election Day. Peru sets the example.”

So let’s get the rest of those signs taken down. Winner or loser, candidates share the blame for signs that remain too long. Even if they didn’t personally put out the signs, they are responsible for seeing that they are removed.

Just as no one wants to see Christmas lights still up as Easter rolls around, voters have had enough of campaign signs very soon after Election Day. And while we are on the subject of elections .... 

Cheers to poll workers who pointed out to voters that this year’s paper ballot included additional choices on the back side. New Yorkers voted on six propositions that, if passed, would result in amendments to the State Constitution. Because of the many state, county and city (or town or village) races this year, the propositions were on the back of the ballots. At some polling places, this was pointed out to voters; at others, election workers never mentioned it. We think it would have been helpful to all voters to have been informed. 

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