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Political signs play an important roll in politics

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Even with the rise of social media and other ways to spread a candidate's name, political signs can still be found in neighborhoods as election time rolls around. Even with the rise of social media and other ways to spread a candidate's name, political signs can still be found in neighborhoods as election time rolls around.

Political signs have been a staple for candidates and election seasons for the last several decades.  Even with the rise of social media and other ways to spread a candidate's name, political signs can still be found in neighborhoods as election time rolls around.

The usefulness of political signs has stood the test of time despite the new ways of spreading information, and as Ohio Northern Professor Jennifer Walton puts it - that usefulness is in their simplicity.

"It’s very low tech and inexpensive and it’s really a way for candidates to get name recognition," said Walton, an Assoc.Professor of Communication Studies for ONU.  "They can announce their candidacy in case they missed it in the newspaper article, or on the radio story, or TV story - so you’re announcing the candidacy and you have name recognition." 

The number of political signs that a person might see as they're driving through the neighborhood can also have an effect on how they may vote, especially if that person isn't completely sure of local issues and where candidates stand on those issues.

"With local issues, maybe you didn’t get to the newspaper, maybe you didn’t get to the TV, you didn’t really learn too much about candidates, so if you go into the voting booth and you say 'I don’t know any of these people, but I saw a lot of signs for Jenkins, so she must have a lot of support ,so I will vote for Jenkins,'" Walton said. "You get a bandwagon to jump on and gives everyday people an opportunity to participate in the process."

Absentee voting continues in Allen County up to Election Day on Tuesday, November 7th.

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