The Clever Way Georgia Voters Protected Their Lawn Signs

When the political divide widens, bring out the glitter.

In Georgia's sixth congressional district, you'd be wise to respect people's freedom of speech and their property.

If you didn't — like some thieves who tried to steal political signs — you may end up with greasy hands and covered in glitter. And that'd be no accident.

According to The Nation, who wrote about the role women played in the nationally-watched GA-06 race, the theft of political signs got so out of control that some people had to resort to extreme measures to defend their property. In the traditionally red congressional district, it was Democratic nominee Jon Ossoff's signs that were often targets. So the folks from Pave It Blue, a grassroots progressive organization supporting Ossoff, thought of a solution: line the outer edges of signs with Vaseline and glitter, so any potential thief was left "glitter bombed."

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Supporters hold a Ossoff campaign sign, sans glitter.

That wasn't all. 

There were also reportedly cases where people opposed to Ossoff would light lawn signs on fire that had his name on it. So, according to The Nation, Pave It Blue thought of another solution: attach an American flag to the sign, which would dissuade conservatives — many of whom think flag burning should be a crime — from lighting their signs on fire.

Ossoff went on to lose the election, of course, to Karen Handel: the Republican candidate who became the first Republican woman to ever make it to Congress from the state of Georgia. The first woman to ever get to Congress from Georgia was Rebecca Latimer Felton in 1922, but she was a Democrat. Five more female politicians from Georgia have since been elected to Congress, but it wasn't until Handel that a woman won on the GOP's ticket. 

"Tonight reminds me anything is possible," Handel said in her victory speech Tuesday night.

Her victory over Ossoff means that there will be 105 women in Congress, the most ever in the history of the United States. Still, women are underrepresented — they make up just 19.6 percent of all members of Congress, according to The New York Times. 

Cover image via Shutterstock / donghero.

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