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October 30, 2012

Many political signs become airborne menaces

Campaigns, candidates press for removal

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“We had to make sure that the ballots are moved up onto our tables so they aren’t on the floor, that our equipment doesn’t get damaged by water,” she said. “We’re on top of everything we can be on top of at this moment, but things are still coming in.”

Along a stretch of Route 110 in Haverhill, from the Water Treatment plant at Kenoza Lake and east to just past Biggart’s Ice-Cream stand, campaign signs were toppled, mangled and in some cases shredded by the storm. Some signs made of cardboard and stapled to wood frames were torn to pieces, leaving empty frames. Many smaller campaign signs supported by thin metal rods pushed into the ground were left leaning over and in some cases were twisted and bent.

While voter registration ahead of the election has ended in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts and absentee voting will take place right up to election

day, some campaign-related events are being postponed or canceled.

That was the case for Guinta, who was slated to debate Democratic opponent Carol Shea-Porter in a televised debate last night.

“My events got canceled, mostly by the groups that were hosting the events, due to the weather,” Guinta said. “It made sense. The reality is you have to take precautionary measures to make it through the storm.”

The storm is expected to impact the region through the end of the week. With the damaging winds only expected to last through today, many were looking to mid-week before campaign events continued.

“Right now, the only thing we’re concerned about here is making sure that folks are safe,” Gately said. “It’s just important for folks to exercise an abundance of caution.”

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