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What Does Homeland Security Have To Do With Local Campaign Signs?

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Arizona Blue Stake, the ACC, and even the Department of Homeland Security appear to be on the warpath against campaign signs in the City of Flagstaff.

Yesterday, I was contacted by a local candidate who told me that someone with ELM Locating pulled up while they were installing a campaign sign on their own private property and said that he was going to report the candidate to the ACC for putting up a sign without permission.The ELM employee demanded information and flashed a ticket pad like a law enforcement officer. The candidate had to ask the ELM employee to get off the property 5 or 6 times before he finally left.

It would be easy to dismiss the above incident as an overzealous ELM employee overstepping his authority and looking for some job security, but there’s more.

This afternoon I acquired a copy of an email sent out by the City of Flagstaff to local candidates saying that Arizona Blue Stake was threatening candidates with $5,000 fines, Department of Homeland Security violations and felony charges for putting campaign signs in the ground with fence posts or rebar.

Here’s the email from the City:

Good morning, All,

I’ve twice been contacted by an individual representing Arizona Blue Stake.  According to the representative, signs are going up in City right-of-way without blue stake authority and are hitting, so far, some underground power lines and cable lines.

This individual says that Blue Stake has the right to pull up and destroy the signs and levy fines up to $5,000.  In fact, he was citing Homeland Security laws and possible prosecution for felonies.  I am unfamiliar with federal and state laws dealing with blue stake and homeland security as these are not associated with election laws.

I have a number of blue stake booklets that the representative left with me.  When you are at City Hall, would you stop by and pick one up?  In the meantime, please be sure to obtain blue stake approval for the locations of your signs if you are using rebar or fence posts.  I can assure you that it is the safest course to follow.

I certainly understand the need to protect utilities and underground lines in City right of ways but I sure would like to know what the Department of Homeland Security has to do with local campaign signs.


  1. Kimo
    March 7, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Isn’t ELM Locating a private company?

    If so, by what authority are they issuing citations?

    They should be publicly outed, humiliated and boycotted for such behavior.

    I am interested in more information on this one. Pardon my ignorance, but what is ACC?

    Thank you for keeping us all informed.

  2. March 7, 2012 at 6:41 am

    The ACC is the Arizona Corporation Commission:


    ELM is a private company but they work closely with local government. The concern is that their employees have been encouraged to go around looking for people to report. He never wrote a ticket so he could have just had it for the intimidation factor. I don’t think they would be given the authority to write tickets but I’d like to find out for sure. If I find out more I’ll post an update here.

  3. March 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm
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