As 'Vote Yes' Efforts Ramp Up, Signs Go Missing, Vandalized

By KBJR News 1

September 27, 2012 Updated Sep 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - A spokesperson for the "Vote Yes" campaign run by Minnesota for Marriage says funding and donations have doubled the past couple months.

Now, they're making a final push to get marriage amendment supporters to the polls, but some efforts to spread the message have been frustrating.

New billboards are up, October TV commercials are prepped and phones are ringing.

"We're just working really hard on reaching out to those folks that are with us and making sure they get out to the polls on election day," said Autumn Leva, a spokesperson for Minnesota for Marriage.

Supporters are helping to spread the 'Vote Yes' message, but it's been irritating for some.

Neighbors woke up Thursday morning to find that something went missing along Lakewood Road, their first amendment rights.

"My neighbor and I, we came out to the drive way and all of sudden we seen our 'yes vote' signs gone," said Jeff Hellesvig.

According to Minnesota for Marriage it's a state wide trend that also includes vandalism.

"I think it just demonstrates that that type of behavior s hows that two competing definitions of marriage doesn't really coexist peacefully," said Leva.

The neighbors say the signs represent their freedom of speech.

"That's one reason why I'm a veteran and I served this country so that we are able to do this," said Hellesvig.

Their replacements are already up.

"That is one of our replacement "Yes Vote" signs in which my neighbor, he just figured that what he would do is put it up on the tree and let them if they can jump up to get that one."

They're going to new heights to keep their signs safe.

"And we just hope that this will stop," said Hellesvig.

Replacement signs can be picked up for anyone who needs them.

Meanwhile we have received reports that some "vote no" signs have also been taken from yards.

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