DENVER (CBS4) – With little time left until Election Day, several Republicans and Democrats in the Denver metro area say they are having issues with stolen campaign yard signs.READ MORE: Cyclist Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver: Hundreds Attend Ghost Bike Dedication For Gwen Erffmeyer Inglis
Zane Robertson, a Democrat, said his Hillary Clinton campaign sign was stolen from his front yard in Denver.
“It made me really mad. I wanted to respond in some way, and let them know that it isn’t okay,” Robertson said.
Robertson replaced his stolen campaign sign with one he made himself.
“It said ‘You can steal my sign, but you cannot steal my vote,'” Robertson said.
Republican Bill Banks said his campaign signs have been stolen several times at his Centennial home.
“It is a problem. And for me, they took a bunch of signs right off my porch,” Banks said. “For me, that feels like someone almost coming in my house. And, that is not okay.”READ MORE: Police Officer, 1 Other Person Injured In Shooting Outside Englewood Apartment Complex
Banks filed a police report after several signs were stolen from his yard and his neighbors’ yards.
“I am not going to let someone dictate with me what I will, or will not, do with this (election),” Banks said.
The signs are typically free, provided by the campaign’s office. However, both Republicans and Democrats said it isn’t the material they’re worried about.
“This is one of the very few ways us common citizens have of expressing our opinions outside of actually voting,” Banks said.
Both Banks and Robertson replaced their signs soon after the thefts occurred. Both said they had messages to those swiping their property.
“Vote, and express your beliefs,” Robertson said. “Don’t try and silence the voters of others.”
“That is not how you build a community together, or a nation together,” Banks said. “That is how you tear it apart.”MORE NEWS: Highway 160 Reopens After Heavy Snow Forced Safety Closure Over La Veta Pass
Stealing signs from private property is a crime.