Are you still seeing candidate campaign signs clogging up your view as you wind your way about town? If so, someone who once wanted your vote is now breaking the law.
Around Aiken County, and the rest of the United States, straggler signs still remain as lonely reminders of recently crowded roadsides. But now, 10 days past the legal deadline, some equate the signs to refuse abandoned on the roadside.
“How long do these people get to pick up their trash?” Joe Anderson of Aiken said in an email Wednesday. “I’m sick of driving by the remains of dead campaigns. It’s been two weeks since the voting stopped. These candidates should be made to retrieve the signs with the same zeal they threw them out.”
Anderson’s point is backed by a local ordinance. Section 24-6.6. (G) of the Aiken County municipal code clearly sets a deadline: “Political signs shall be removed within seven (7) days following the election.” The code refers to all political signs, regardless of whether the property the signs are on is public or private. The offending signs can be removed by Aiken County and the cost can be recouped from the offender.
A short jaunt around the roads of Aiken County Friday showed a number of signs violating this code.
The two biggest code violators seem to be unsuccessful probate judge candidate Jane Page Thompson and write-in Aiken County treasurer hopeful Sonia Spray.
Though she has less signs than Spray remaining, Thompson’s square footage seemed greater. Three large signs, roughly 5 foot by 3 foot, are still displaying the GOP candidate’s plea for votes.
Spray had several small signs placed around the outskirts of Aiken as of Friday afternoon.
As well as Spray and Thompson, two signs for another treasurer hopeful, Melissa Oremus, were spotted and one for Aiken County School Board District 8 candidate Bruce Wheelon.