Half of council candidates forego posters

Candidates standing in the November 19 council elections considering foregoing traditional campaign posters should think again.

Nearly half of candidates say they will not hang posters because they don't think they have an effect. Some candidates said they even feared a backlash by voters if the posters were seen an eyesore.

Election watchers, however, say that the omnipresent posters are effective, precisely because voters could not avoid seeing them.

According to Kasper Møller Hansen of the University of Copenhagen, campaign posters are local candidates' most effective tool.

He pointed out however that the biggest effect may be to increase rivalry among candidates belonging to the same party.– DR Nyheder

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This story was included in The Copenhagen Post's Morning Briefing for Thursday, September 19. If you would like to receive stories like these delivered to your inbox by 8am each weekday, sign up for the Morning Briefing or one of our other newsletters today.