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Maine is one of four states with a billboard law that passed in 1979 and survived significant court challenges. In fact, Maine was second after Vermont to enact such legislation with the intent to protect Maine’s scenic character, highway safety, support the economic benefits of tourism and the unique culture of the state. Unfortunately, there are exemptions to the law which include political signs. I am now seeing a “race to the largest, loudest sign,” as evidenced in our Falmouth gateways. We also saw this recently in the Falmouth Town Council election. I deliberately did not vote for the candidate who littered the landscape with large, ugly signs. The signs were not necessary for me to judge the candidates qualifications, which were good. I would urge all Maine voters to discourage this practice by not voting for candidates who use large signs or space their signs in long rows along our roadways. It undermines the intent of the billboard statute and reflects an insensitivity to what defines Maine.