As many of you know, getting people out to vote is a challenge. Letting the community know who the candiates is even more challenging. One way to make a difference in your community is to make sure the candidates who best reflect your views gets elected. The candidates want you to know who they are.
Please be patient with us candidates. It is not our goal to annoy you with signs. We just need to let the community know that there is an election coming up.
Signs help notify the community that it’s time to pay attention… Election day is coming! Signs are telling you… Don’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard.
Why do we candidates put signs up all over the Island at election time?
Well… Let’s explore that. A 2005 study conducted supported that signs can increase voter turnout. Moreover, Mel Kahn, who teaches at Wichita State University, found that signs do increase candidate name recognition — especially in low-information races.
Scholars have also found that yard signs have other benefits, such as helping with volunteer recruitment and can be barometers of supporter enthusiasm. There’s just too much evidence that yard signs do affect important elements of the campaign to dismiss them.
You’ve heard it, maybe said it, countless times: “Yard signs don’t vote.” Neither do postcards or TV ads, but what signs do, according to a plethora of scientific studies, is increase candidate name recognition, increase voter turnout, as well as encourage voters and volunteers alike.
Signs can also provide campaign volunteers with a way to openly show their friends and neighbors the candidate that they support. In a way, signs can function as a symbol of the volunteer’s hours of hard work for the campaign.
Are signs a waste of time and money?
On their own, signs aren’t especially effective. That said, there are few winning campaigns that rely on one voter-outreach tactic. Signs are best used as part of an integrated marketing campaign along with direct mail, social media, phone banking, and other tactics. Local Incumbents, have had the opportunity for press releases and photo-ops. New candidates do not have that advantage. They must get their names out in other ways.
Political scientists Todd Makse and Anand Sokhey argue that “Yard signs constitute an important, symbolic aspect of what we might call an ordinary individual’s “total campaign experience.” In other words, posting signs can be a form of political participation in and of itself.
Even though signs may not be the most important factor influencing individual voting decisions, they can still have powerful effect on a candidate’s political fate.
In close races signs can have a profound impact on election outcomes.
Please let Bev know if you want a lawn sign on your lawn. Text her at 716-604-5721 , e-mail at KinneyforCouncil@gmail.com
FYI… The town code for campaign signs is: Signs can be put up 45 days before each election (primary & general) The code allows candidates if in a primary to keep their signs up through the general election, then 7 days after they must be taken down.
Even though the codes says my signs may remain up until after the November election. I will be taking them down for the summer within 7-10 days after the Primary and putting them back up after Labor Day. Thank you for your patience.