The latest report of political vandalism comes from Alta Loma, Calif. KTLA-Los Angeles reports that presumably Republican voters in the blue state have found their cars vandalized. Some had the name "Obama" scratched into the paint. These cars were located near residences with yard signs supporting GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
Do political vandals favor any one party?
The Denver Post notes that leaders of both parties have reported incidents of political vandalism. In some cases, the vandalism not only targets the signs of support for the partisan leaders but also the signs put up by members of local governments running for office.
What do political vandals do?
The more benign cases of vandalism involve the theft of yard signs. Some perpetrators have defaced these signs with Nazi insignia and other forms of graffiti. Serious types of political vandalism include tagging of campaign offices, as was the case with President Barack Obama's Conifer, Colo., campaign office, and shots targeting campaign headquarters. In Carson City, Nev., the Republican headquarters were targeted for vandalism, KRNV Reno reports. In Louisville, Colo., another Romney supporter found his car keyed and the name "Romny" scratched across the trunk, the Daily Camera explains.
How are voters reacting?
"I'm blaming the candidates and I'm blaming Citizens United for the ugliness of this thing," a Democratic voter in Raritan Township told New Jersey On-Line. After her pro-Obama signs were defaced, she considered fixing them but then decided against it. She is now worried that the vandal will go after her house next.
What makes the presidential election so contentious?
The Raritan Township voter opined that the reason for the contentious nature of the political campaign is directly related to President Obama's name and race.
How do authorities react to complaints of political vandalism?
"If the signs are on the right of way they are fair game. But if they are on private property that is petit theft or vandalism, both a third-degree misdemeanor," the Polk County Sheriff's Office tells the Ledger.
Is 2012's political vandalism any worse than it was in 2008?
Reporting on political vandalism in 2008, the Boston Globe noted that Republican and Democratic yard signs were targets for graffiti and theft. The yards that displayed them occasionally suffered further damage. The publication pointed toward the tough economy as being one catalyst for anger against the political candidates. Another reason for the vandalism was the passionate devotion to their political leaders that so many members of the electorate displayed.
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