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Political signs decorate nearly every yard in Erie County.

Delaney Fickle, Reporter

Yard signs, banners, and flags. With the upcoming presidential election in November, these three things are a popular sight. PA has become a highly contentious battleground state. Trump won the traditionally democratic state in 2016, and many say the path to the presidency comes through PA, specifically Erie County. 

Many residents have proclaimed their support for their candidate by placing signs in their yards. Pennsylvania has begun to see more controversy in signs these past couple of months. Why do people feel emboldened to make a display in their yards? Do they get hate for their views? 

An anonymous GM parent and Edinboro resident commented, “We’re proud of our choice in president. Other people can’t tell us to hide our beliefs. Voting is what makes a difference in America, and we are passionate about our vote. Having a sign in our yard is not to cause controversy, but to show people it is okay to have your own political views. I wouldn’t say we get hate for our sign, but we’ve had it taken once. I think people should just learn to understand and live with the fact that everyone is going to have different views, and they should not be treated differently for them.”

Not everyone in Pennsylvania has their political views publicized, though. Many people believe it is easier to keep to themselves. 

 Another GM parent and resident of Waterford adds, “Political signs can create animosity between neighbors. Although our country was founded on debate and freedom of choice, the current political climate has inhibited sharing opposing views in a healthy and productive way. There are studies out there referencing that political signs are basically useless to campaigns, and there are rules about posting in cities or HOA developments. Further, there are often mandates prohibiting employees from engaging in political rhetoric and support for one party over another. I am fearful of posting signs, sharing on social media, or discussing in public. I keep my political views quiet and show my support on Election Day.”

Yard signs aren’t equivalent to a vote, and people should still maintain civility with their neighbors.  

Neighbors on opposite sides of the political spectrum show their support for their pick for president. (Zona)