City reminds residents not to tamper with candidate signs
April 19, 2021
Over this past weekend, the City of Fort St. John received reports of election signs being stolen. Elections and By-elections are a vital part of our democracy and ensure the community is heard and represented. Candidates put forth their names to represent and contribute to our community, and residents must respect the democratic election processes, including the placement of candidate signage.
Local government candidates have a minimal budget to run their campaigns on and often are self-financed. In addition to these signs promoting a candidate, they also remind people of the upcoming voting opportunities, and the unauthorized removal of election signs is considered to be theft.
“Stolen election signs have been an issue over the last ten years, and it’s disappointing that individuals would take it upon themselves to remove candidates’ signs. These types of signs are placed on properties whose owners support a specific candidate,” stated Janet Prestley, Chief Election Officer.
Learn more about the 2021 Municipal By-election at www.fortstjohn.ca/municipal-elections.