Political Signs Vandalized

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

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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  • by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    Who cares? Once upon a time the opposing party supporters would vandalize signs but now it could be anybody. The system is corrupt. Vote either way to keep things the same.
  • by Shawn on Oct 18, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    These signs are an eye sore. To whom ever is stealing them thank you. I doubt one of the signs has ever changed an educated voters mind on a vote they will cast.
  • by Fox Location: SE Springs on Oct 18, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    I have a hard time believing all those signs festooning the roadways have a $40 permit. I have always assumed that most of them were put up illegally on public and vacant private property. What about affixing a copy of the permit to every legal sign? That...along with a notice of the penalty for defacing a legally placed sign...would deter a lot of the vandalism. By the way, what is the penalty to a campaign for an illegally placed sign?
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Oct 18, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    $40 each?!! WOW! With vandals tearing them up, it may be better to scout out prime billboard locations well in advance of an election and rent the space for a month just before the election. If a vandal tries to tear that up, maybe they will fall and break something "important".
  • by C. Location: City on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:42 PM
    I think everybody is sick of the mudslinging and lies and things being taken out context. As for the signs, the vandalism is to be expected. It happens every time the signs are up. Why bother with them? I think they're actually worthless when it comes to trying to get votes! If you can't afford it - don't put them up! They make everything look tacky anyway!
  • by Jon Location: Colo Springs on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM
    Of course, these candidates don't seem to care that many of their signs are posted illegally without the express permission of the landowner...
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