Campaign signs are free speech, 
but not free
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at 4:34 PM
St. Augustine Record 
EDITOR: This is responding to a letter regarding campaign signs. It is not only the right but the obligation of candidates to erect political signs. It is also a part of free speech. The Republican Party Headquarters hands out signs, bumper stickers and informational material to anyone wishing it. Volunteers and employees working at the headquarters ask that the person requesting signs be aware of rules and regulations regarding signage.
Signs cost money. Stealing or “removing” signs is theft — nothing else. Signs are also a reminder of the right to vote, and everyone needs to be aware of the candidates. Yard signs cost approximately $5 each. The large 4-by-4-foot signs are about $100. During the 2016 Trump campaign, at least $5,000 worth of signs were removed or destroyed.
As for bumper stickers, we have had our cars damaged because of our stickers. This is malicious and criminal behavior. The stickers were placed there to provide awareness of the candidates.
No matter what, the signs are only up for the election period, so why is there an outcry about signs? Neighborhoods can suggest limits, and I personally don’t want too many in my yard, but there are laws stating that freedom of speech gives anyone the right to advertise a candidate.
The basic motivation is to get everyone out to vote and early voting is achieving much attention and success. Give people wishing to have signs the right to do so. Read them and think about whom the candidates are and what he or she stands for. It is everyone’s responsibility as a voter.
Karen Harvey, St. Augustine