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VERIFY: How long can campaign signs stay up?

It depends on where you are.

WASHINGTON — It’s been a week since we began reporting results from the midterm elections, and we’re still seeing signs of candidates everywhere – literally. People are getting tired of seeing campaign signs all over the place, so we’re here to verify.

THE QUESTION:

How long can campaign signs stay posted around our neighborhoods?

THE SOURCES:


THE ANSWER:

Different places have different rules.

WHAT WE FOUND:

In DC, campaign signs can’t be posted for more than 180 days, and must be removed 30 days after the election.

In Virginia and Maryland, signs posted along state roads and highways are illegal. Departments of Transportation take them down regularly.

At the local level, the rules depend on where you live:

  • Fairfax largely follows Commonwealth rules.

  • Loudoun allows temporary signs with a permit, but they are limited to 120 days

  • In Arlington, campaign-related temporary signs can be posted for a week or up to a month, depending on where they’re placed.

  • Prince George’s County limits campaign signage to posting 45 days before election day at the earliest, requiring them to be removed 10 days after the election.

  • Montgomery County only allows signs to be posted on weekends and federal holidays–anything long-term is illegal.

Also, keep in mind, rules might be different for signs on private property.

   

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