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.

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3 Responses to “Deadline looms to remove roadside political signs”

  1. Mike Gavin on November 13th, 2012 6:27 am

    Does Michelle get to charge the various candidates/campaigns a “per sign” removal charge? Especially the signs that are up along public roadways.

  2. Tuesday Memo: Rainier search … Election signs … Requiem for Twinkies | The Today File | Seattle Times on November 13th, 2012 6:31 am

    […] annoying election signs: The Issaquah Press reminds f0lks that the signs must come down within 10 days of the election, according to the state […]

  3. Steve on November 13th, 2012 10:35 am

    From the article: “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.”

    Piggybacking on Mike Gavin’s comment, where is the incentive for the parties to remove their own signs if Michele Forkner is going to collect the trash at our expense anyway?

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