2020 Election, Elections, Exclusives, Featured, Greeley, Original Report, Sherrie Peif

While some candidate signs are being damaged, others are simply deceiving neighbors

GREELEY — With ongoing reports of political yard signs being vandalized and stolen, it appears yard signs are also being used to deceive neighborhoods about who is supporting presidential candidate Joe Biden, apparently in hopes of swaying Republicans to abandon Donald Trump.

Complete Colorado was contacted about signs in a west Greeley neighborhood that read “I’m a Republican but not a fool. Biden for president.” The neighbors who contacted Complete Colorado said the sign did not accurately reflect the true political affiliation of the homeowners and felt it needed to be fact checked.

As fact checking political advertisement is commonplace and property and voting records are a matter of public record, Complete Colorado did investigate the allegations and found the neighbors to be correct.

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First, Complete Colorado learned that the home, located on 57th Ave. in Greeley, has two occupants.. According to the Weld County Property Data portal, the resident–who are not being named–purchased and have been residing in the home since 2000.

Complete Colorado then filed a Colorado Open Records Act request with Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes for the couple’s complete voting records in Weld County.

According to those records, a woman age 67 officially affiliated as a Democrat on Sept. 11, 1984 and voted as Democrat in the 2004, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 primaries. She also voted as a Democrat in all other elections since 2016.

A man, age 66 officially affiliated as a Democrat on Sept. 20, 2008. He voted in the 2004 Republican primary but has since voted in the Democrat primaries in 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020. He also voted as a Democrat in all other elections since 2016.

Complete Colorado has been unable to contact the residents at the home to get a comment on their signs alleging they are Republicans voting for Biden.

Another sign on the property says every time someone steals their sign, they purchase a new one and it’s just another donation to the Biden campaign. However, a Google search for the signs shows they can be purchased on various websites. They do not appear to be endorsed by any campaign or campaign committee.

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