DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The election is over and now the clocking is ticking for residents to take down election signs.
Each city has its own ordinance about how long signs can stay up, said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer. For the most part, a sign meeting size requirements can stay up if it’s in your yard for as long as you like. Plummer says it’s a freedom of speech.
However, signs on state routes or highways aren’t supposed to be posted in the first place. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) collects them and takes them to the nearest country garage. People have 30 days to pick their signs up or they’ll get thrown out.
Each city has its own set of rules about it. For example, Kettering allows signs to stay up for 7 days.
Plummer says in an effort to clean things up and move forward, everyone should pitch in when they can.
“Our candidates are very good at picking their signs up. Call your local jurisdictions and governments, they have certain ordinances pertaining to signs. You can keep one in your yard year-round, that’s your freedom of speech to do that. The ones in the right of way, please pick up your signs,” said Plummer.
He says if you leave signs up past their expiration date you could face a fine, but it’s rarely enforced.