In politics, just like in baseball, stealing signs is seen as out of bounds.
Theft and vandalism have been happening lately in Washington County, people with the two major political parties said last week.
Liz Jones, chairwoman of the Washington County for John McCain Campaign, said she knew of one large McCain sign set on fire, one stolen and one slashed to pieces.
Those were 4-by-8-foot signs that cost $18 apiece, she said.
Lawn signs, which cost $1.15 each, also were being stolen, said Jones, treasurer of the Washington County Republican Club.
Patricia Heck, chairwoman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee, said she heard of three Democratic campaign signs being taken in South County within the prior week.
Neither party suspected the other and neither filed a police report.
Still, Jones and Heck expressed frustration about vandalism and theft that seem to spring up every election season.
Both parties are getting more requests for signs than usual because of interest in the presidential race between McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.