Today, as you’ve likely noticed, is sign day—the day campaigns are allowed to start plonking their h-frames into your lawn so you can boost your candidate(s) of choice (and possibly pick fights with your neighbours). All of a sudden, like mushrooms after the rain, they pop up: everywhere, and in large numbers.
A campaign tradition, sign day is full of rituals. Deliveries of boxes take over offices and basements, resident lists are checked and double-checked, flashlights are restored with fresh batteries, and many pots of coffee are made. At midnight, candidates and their teams of volunteers start installing the signs, often taking until 4 or 5 a.m. to cover an entire ward. Campaigns also start keeping an eye on competitors, reporting any violations of the rules governing election signs: putting them up early, in city parks, or too close to intersections can all incur a candidate fines.
Torontoist photographer Christopher Drost happens to live on the same block as an incumbent councillor, Mark Grimes (Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore), and was invited along for a behind-the-scenes look at a small but crucial part of retail politicking. Last night’s adventures are documented above.
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