Campaign signs cost political candidates thousands of dollars, but that money may being going to waste at the hands of criminals.
One candidate in particular has been hit hard. Peggy Littleton told 11 News many of her signs have been vandalized all over the area.
"That is extremely frustrating," Littleton said. "We pay for this."
Littleton is angry that her signs are getting no respect. She recently found one of the bigger campaign signs, near Constitution and Powers, with broken poles. The sign had been torn down.
Littleton is not the only campaign victim. 11 News cameras found several signs all over the area cut up and torn down.
Candidates from all over have to carefully plan where their signs will go. "We can't just go out and put them anywhere we want to put them," said Littleton.
In Colorado Springs all candidates have to apply for a permit with the city before they can put signs anywhere in city limits. Those permits cost around $40 each.
As election day nears, Littleton is asking neighbors to keep their eyes on every candidate’s sign. "If you see someone taking a sign, take a picture with your cell phone and submit it to police, submit it to the sheriff."
Colorado Springs police told 11 News this type of crime can carry a charge of criminal mischief or influencing an election. Police also say depending on how much damage is done, charges can go from a misdemeanor up to a felony.
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