As the 2012 election season nears its conclusion, volunteers of both major political parties are reporting stolen or vandalized campaign signs.
Gim Hollister and Gary Kendrick, volunteers for the Democratic Central Committee, filed reports with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office this week about signs they posted supporting President Obama that were stolen.
Two 4-foot-by-8-foot signs were removed from private property at the intersection of Foothill Road and Kingsbury Grade.
Hollister said nylon straps securing the sign to posts were cut, and the first sign was removed.
He and Kendrick replaced the sign, attaching it with baling wire, and vandals took the posts and the sign.
Kendrick said the thefts are occurring in the middle of the night.
He said in 2008, an Obama sign was defaced with racial epithets and some two-thirds of the 40 signs they posted were stolen or vandalized.
"This is an embarrassment to the people of Douglas County. We denounce that, no matter who is doing it," Kendrick said. "Who knows what motivates people to do this?"
Republican party volunteers reported a vandal plastered Obama stickers all over a Romney sign on the A-frame at highways 395 and 88.
Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Brooks said vandalism is a criminal act punishable of up to a year in jail depending on the cost of the damage.
The offense could be a felony if the loss is $5,000 or more.
Anyone who witnesses vandalism is asked to call Dispatch at 782-5126, and report the incident.