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Sign, sign, everywhere a campaign sign

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CARLSBAD (CBS 8) - They are the sign of the times. With Election Day only a week away, more and more campaign signs are popping up around the county. But as candidates make the final push for votes, some residents are feeling overrun by the barrage of banners.

As Election Day nears, more and more campaign signs are popping up. In the North County, Carlsbad seems to be littered with the brightly-colored advertisements.

On Carlsbad Village Drive alone about a half-mile west of Interstate 5, we counted approx 160 campaign signs.

"I really don't think it adds any value either. Why put the signs out there if no one is even really going to be able to read them? What difference would that make?" a resident said.

According to city officials, campaign signs can be posted pretty much anywhere except in the right-of-way on small residential streets. Code enforcement officers say so far, few problems have been reported.

"We ask our candidates to not put their signs in the center medians or along the shoulders. They cannot put them on the city property or public parks, that sort of thing," Assistant to Carlsbad City Manager Joyce Masterson said.

But the City of Escondido says it's doing everything it can to avoid political clutter, and changes to the rules have resolved most of its issues.

"This is one of our better years. We are not seeing the problems that we had 10 years ago when we had to change our ordinance because the streets were just blanketed with signs, so this is actually a simple year this year," Masterson said.

But signs can still be seen on virtually every corner in Escondido. The question is, are they enough to give candidates the final push before Election Day?

"We all forget names and places and things easily around here that we forget candidates names if those signs weren't out there. So it doesn't offend me and I think it's a good idea," a resident said.

"Does that mean people are voting for you just because they saw your name on a sign? I mean that's unfortunate, because you should be voting based on what they stand for and what they can do for the community, not based on whether their name was on the side of the street," Carlsbad resident Kathy Edlin said.

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