Election time means an overload of politicians chattering away, taking up plenty of screen and radio space. Then of course, there’s the glut of campaign signs littered in front of homes and hastily taped to electricity poles.

No one really pays attention to them, so 15-year-old Connor Barney decided to crash the party. 

Creating and printing his own campaign posters, he plonked signs alongside actual candidates for Saturday’s state election in Western Australia.

“I thought it would be a funny bit of comedy for the locals,” Barney said via email. 

The slogans on his signs include: “You can’t vote for me. I’m only 15” and “Mum said it was OK” as well as “I’d vote for me.”

News of his sign-related trolling spread to local Facebook groups, where there were “people claiming to vote for me anyway” and were “commending me on my effort.”

His signs then made the local newspaper and got plenty of eyeballs on reddit in /r/perth, accumulating thousands of upvotes. 

“The reddit post was meant to be for a friend, telling me ‘put it on some obscure sub’ so I put it on r/perth, but then it got too much attention,” he said.

Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, troll ’em.

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