Letter to the editor: A plea for speedy campaign sign removal next week


I would like to make a plea to all the candidates for the various positions for whom we are currently casting our ballots. Please, I beg of all of you, win or lose or even if you do not know yet, by Wednesday morning next week, collect all the campaign signs in the public right of way!

I will not address the visual pollution you have scattered all over town (well, I guess I just did) but after 8 p.m. Tuesday, the polls are closed and the signs will not do you any more good. Every morning I walk all over Edmonds and am just flabbergasted by the plethora of signs –everywhere! Does a candidate really need them every 10 feet going up Main Street? Regardless of the efficacy of the signs, come 8:01 p.m. Tuesday, they are just eye sores and need to come down.

Candidates, you and your volunteers should be out first thing picking them up – even the ones thrown/blown/knocked into the bushes. How the heck are we supposed to know about all the yard sales, missing pets and homes for sale if the hundreds of your campaign signs are still blocking our views?

Chris Fleck

  1. Well it sounds like you have a lot of time on your hands. Why don’t you go out with a flashlight Tuesday at 8:01 and start picking them up so you don’t miss a yard sale

    1. The sort of gratuitously rude comment that makes me despair of civil, constructive discussion in our city. We are in great need of community, and communities are built on at least the forms of mutual respect and restraint.

      1. I’m with you, Nathaniel. I read Ms. Wilson’s comment and thought “what the heck….?” Maybe she just really loves how our city looks littered with old campaign signs and wants to keep that aesthetic year round?

  2. How long can campaign signs stay up in Washington State?
    (ii) Type 3(d) temporary political campaign signs must be removed within ten days after an election. After primary elections, temporary political campaign signs endorsing a successful candidate may remain up to ten days after the succeeding general election.

    However, I’ve seen signs up a month+ after Election Day, so candidates and their team need to make it a point to keep a list of where signs are located and then, systematically, go around and collect them within a day of Election Day(s).

    Thank you!

  3. And if they are not?? Then it is time to remove them if they are abutting your yard and garden and sidewalks we the citizen can remove them and throw them in the recycling if they are paper?? That right? I didn’t put any signs in our yard just to avoid any vandalism. Thank you for info.

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