The political ads are off the airwaves and candidate postcards are no longer flooding mailboxes.
Yes, all traces of the Nov. 4 elections have disappeared, except for one – campaign signs.
Many still linger along the grassy fronts of businesses, at busy intersections, in neighborhoods and along roadways.
The amount of time candidates have to take signs down after an election varies, with some counties giving just a few days, others as many as 15.
In Richland County, candidates have seven days after an election to remove signs. If they fail to do so, a Richland County land-use inspector will issue a magistrate court summons and a $1,092.50 fine per sign. Each day after the allotted seven days to uproot the signs, the candidate faces separate violations.
Lexington County also allows only seven days.
Geonard Price, the Richland County zoning administrator, said normally a candidate will first receive a notice telling them their signs are not in compliance with the county ordinance.
“You have to take into consideration that these signs are valuable to the candidates, and they use them over and over,” Price said. “We will either notify them that the signs are out of compliance or we can remove the signs ourselves, which we will do in some occasions. But we try to notify them first.”
Price added, “If anybody notices signs that they feel are in violation or past their time, they can contact Richland County and we will have someone come out and investigate it.”
Who to call
• Richland County ombudsman: (803) 929-6000
• Lexington County Sheriff’s Department: (803) 785-8230