It’s been over three weeks since the election. Virginia (where I live) is not one of the states where the results are still being contested. As I drive around the state (mostly between Central and Northern Virginia) I continue to see many campaign signs for candidates for president/vice president and the House of Representatives. Most of the signs for the Senatorial candidates have been taken down. Although most of the lingering signs are for the Republican candidates, I see a few Democratic candidate signs–this is compared to the total number of signs for both parties that I saw before the election.
According to Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS) Director of Litigation Martin Wegbreit, because campaign signs are a form of free speech and protected by the First Amendment, there is no specific time frame within which a campaign must remove its signs.
The Department of Transportation can limit where the signs can be hung (unless it’s on private property) and how large the sign can be.
When do you think that campaign signs should come down? Does a tattered campaign sign show your loyalty to your candidate or a disregard for esthetics?