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Political statements come in many forms, but none quite like this.
Early Wednesday morning along west Ina road, an electronic sign flashed the message "SB 1070 RULES GET ILLEGALS OUT OF ARIZONA."
"My reaction of course was the vandalism. And in particular that it's with this immigration bill," says Priscilla Cornelio, Pima County Director of Transportation.
County officials say this is the first time such a thing has happened to one of their signs.
Wednesday afternoon, the sign was back flashing its intended message about road construction.
"Our inspectors showed up at 6:00 in the morning, walked out and saw it and immediately took action to call up the message company and they were out within an hour and changed it," says Cornelio.
They also changed the lock on the electronic sign.
Photos taken Tuesday night show the lock was missing -- highway technologies, the company that owns the sign, says somebody broke the lock and put in the correct pass code to change the message.
Representatives from highway technologies say they weren't authorized to go on camera, but they say they've owned this particular sign for 15 years, and they've never once changed the pass-code.
They say the reason is because they share signs with different branches in phoenix, flagstaff and Las Vegas so they keep the code the same to make it easy for workers to update the messages.
In this case, highway technologies thinks a disgruntled ex-employee put up the message about 1070.
County officials, meanwhile, say they're working with the contractors to ensure this doesn't happen again, "Obviously we want to make sure they put even stronger locks out there, and we'll be talking with them about changing their passwords."
Officials with the Pima County department of transportation say if you do see a sign with an inappropriate message, to call their office immediately.
Elsewhere, supporters of Senate Bill 1070 were handing out fliers across the country calling Wednesday, "Report an Illegal Day." They ask people to write or call their congressmen and demand secure borders. It also calls on citizens to ask local businesses to participate in E-verify programs and report other businesses that are not.
And according to a new survey, a majority of Arizona voters support the tough new immigration law. The Rocky Mountain Poll conducted by the Behavior Research Center found that 52% of Arizonans back the measure, 39% oppose it and 9% are unsure.
The poll was conducted before during and after the legislation became law.