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Community cringing at old campaign signs

Georgie Gines Georgie Gines
Ty Diaz Cullen Ty Diaz Cullen

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

WAIPAHU (KHNL) - They're supposed to make a clear statement, but some say outdated election signs are sending mixed messages to voters.

It's been nearly 3 weeks since the results of primary elections have been posted and one local woman says the signs of candidates who didn't make the cut are still on display making it difficult for people making their picks in November's general election.

Political propaganda at a T-intersection in Waipahu is "T-ing" people off.

"It looks really bad, you know big signs, small signs," said Waipahu resident Georgie Gines.

A slew of signs are still seen at this intersection on Waipahu street and across the community. The concern isn't about them being an eyesore, it's about keeping things simple for the general election.

"We want voters to make a sound decision and if they have all their names still up there, the voters are going to get confused," said Gines.

We wanted to ask candidates who didn't make the cut why they're signs were up. We searched the phone book for numbers and started making some calls.

"Hi is this mr. Cullen?," said Reporter Zahid Arab.

We were able to reach Ty Diaz Cullen, a candidate for District 41 Representative who didn't make the cut.

"I was calling about your campaign signs you still have up," said Arab.

Honolulu County doesn't have any requirement on how long signs are able to stay up after elections, but Cullen says he's been battling sickness and just hasn't gotten around to it. He's not the only one.

"It's not about being careless, not about laziness. If I did offend or confuse the voters then I apologize for that, I'll get around to it in the next couple days," said Former candidate Ty Diaz Cullen.

"That's good, it's not only him, there's other candidates out there too," said Gines.

Outdated political propaganda that people hope doesn't present a problem on election day.

The Department of Transportation says candidates aren't allowed to hang signs on state property like over passes and freeways.

As for individual homes, officials there's really no one that oversees and monitors campaign signs.

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