It's been almost five weeks since the primary election, but there are still campaign signs up all around Washoe County.  Although some residents may see them as an eyesore, the county says the signs are not necessarily required to be taken down, just yet.  

While it may not be the most pleasant view on your way around town, there's a common misconception. Deanna Spikula, Registrar of Voters for Washoe County, says, "After the primary election, people think, 'Okay, the election is over, it's time for those signs to come down.'"

Although it depends on which jurisdiction those signs are placed. Spikula explains, "It depends on whether it's in Washoe County, the City of Reno, the City of Sparks or on a highway--which is controlled by NDOT."

However, a common theme deems the signs okay to stay, for now. Spikula says, "Most allow signs between the candidate filing period, which begins in March, all the way through the general election."

The City of Reno allows signs to stay up for five days after the November general election. The City of Sparks and Washoe County allow for 10 days after. NDOT gives campaign signs 30 days to stay after the general election. 

Any signs to be visible from NDOT's highways, need to be placed on private property adjacent to the route.  Spikula says campaign signs are not allowed on public property. She adds, "If you do put it on private property, make sure you get the private property owner's permission to do so."

Once the campaign sign is up for longer than permitted or it violates the public property rule, residents can report the signs to that jurisdiction's code enforcement to get them removed. 

However, that is generally the extent of a sign violation penalty.  Spikula says, "They will just remove the sign and then hold it for somebody to pick it up after 30 days."

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