With a great dearth of information, many people desperately try to seek knowledge through anecdotal sources – and in this busy world when commuters are rushing off to work and can only take in a briefest grasp of the local terrain; political signs at the very least let you know that ‘someone’ is running.
Many times, its not the issues or the person but how nice the signs are, how large the signs are and how many signs.
The idea is that if this person is gaining ground, a wider number of supporters are reflected by a wider amount of yards hosting the signs.
IT IS TEMPTING FOR A CANDIDATE TO THINK HE OR SHE IS WINNING BY THE NUMBER OF SIGNS OUT IN THE CITY.
But I must send out a warning – recently, the candidacy of Shaun Toohey against Katy Ives is a prime example of the kind of misconception that could occur if ‘political signs’ are depended on to wage a campaign.
Mr. Toohey had huge signs.
Mr. Toohey had a multitudinous amount of signs.
He had signs on cars.
He had signs in areas of the state that weren’t even in the First Senate District.
The amount of signs he had far outnumbered Katy Ives’ signs.
AND SHE WON BY A LANDSLIDE!
This wasn’t even due to the Democratic ‘machine’ in Haverhill. The favorite to win in the democratic primary lost to Katy Ives even though he far outnumbered her in signs.
THE POINT IS THAT SIGNS DON’T SAY ANYTHING AS TO HOW THE OUTCOME WILL BE ON ELECTION DAY!
It won’t be printed material that votes at the booths; it will be human beings.
And if a candidate’s supporters don’t show up and the citizens are unwilling to throw their support; all the banners, posters and signs won’t save that campaign.
On November 5th, it will still be GOTV – “Get-out-the-vote” Without it, a candidate is guaranteed to lose.
Don’t rely on signs!