East Texans give their takes on if campaign signs work

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A campaign trail you can't ignore.

"I think they're kind of a pain," Chris McDonald said. "They're a nuisance."

"I think they're informative," Jeannetta Wheat said. "It makes me stop in my busy world, stop and think that maybe later I'll get on the Internet and check out some information."

"You can't really drive anywhere in the county now, inside the city limits of Lufkin and not see signs somewhere," said Sgt. Mark Emmons, the Angelina County environmental officer.

Political signs.

Some say if candidates are looking to sway voters, it's a waste of time and money.

"People pretty much have their mind made up anyway, so they're probably not going to influence it," Casey Nance said.

"They become a blur because you've got a red sign, you've got a blue sign, a red, white, and blue sign, they all blend together as I'm driving by, so I don't even pay attention to them," McDonald said.

Others say the bold-lettered ads reflect the purpose of an election.

"I think the people that put those out there, they stand for people that represent their values and that's good," Kristi Pitts said. "We need to be able to voice our opinions."

"It's an even bigger problem when they start posting signs in my yard without asking permission first," McDonald said. "So I think they should ask permission before they put them up and definitely come by and pick them up after they get that permission."

If the signs aren't picked up eventually, you could face a fine, but the county says for the most part, in the past, candidates and supporters have been good about putting them away.

"We are hoping to keep it that way," Emmons said.

Every candidate wants the same thing: your vote.

Not everyone is convinced this is the best way to get it.

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