Deadline looms to remove roadside political signs
November 12, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 12, 2012
Election Day is done, but political signs continue to linger along roadsides and in yards.
The state Department of Transportation reminds landowners to remove the signs from private property along state highways.
State law allows political signs on property visible from state highways, but the signs must come down 10 days after the general election, and the 10-day period ends Friday.
Otherwise, failure to remove the political signs after being notified by the Department of Transportation can result in a misdemeanor.
Pat O’Leary, Department of Transportation highway advertising program manager, said illegal signs do not pop up often and landowners often do a good job on removal after Election Day.
In Issaquah, city code requires sign removal a week after Election Day. Then, municipal Code Compliance Officer Michele Forkner starts collecting wayward signs from roadsides.