Shouldn’t Political Signs Come Down Immediately?
In every community in Colorado, on numerous corners, vacant lots, fencing along the streets you'll spot political signs. We've tolerated them for months, shouldn't they be required to come down immediately after the election?
Why are they seemly everywhere? The political sign is one of the most popular ways of advertising because it is much cheaper and easier to execute than any other form of marketing and advertising.
The Colorado Department of Transportation bans the placement of the signs within state rights-of-way. Campaigns and political enthusiasts that have signs posted in violation of this rule will be removed by CDOT crews.
Want the signs down in your neighborhood? Colorado legislature changed the landscape in 2005. Per Colorado law, associations cannot completely ban the display of political signs within their communities anymore. So you're stuck with them, for now.
Colorado law goes on to say, "Removing, destroying or defacing a properly placed political sign within the period 45 days before and 4 days after any election is a misdemeanor. If caught, sign vandals could be fined up to 750 dollars!" Moral of the story: suppress your mischievous impulses and leave the signs where they are. Local jurisdictions often have their own political sign regulations as well.
The "4 days after" was the only reference I could find on the state level in reference to how long they are allowed, or at least protected, and can stay up. Does that mean that this weekend we can start tearing them down, I'm not sure, but I know I speak for most of us when I say "we'd like any reminder of this election removed ASAP!" Most Americans are over it and the signs that went along with it.