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When do you need to remove your political signs?


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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Some people may have gotten used to seeing political signs line roadways and yards for the last few weeks. The election is, of course, over. But in most areas, it seems, you can take your time tearing down. 

Newsline 9 spoke with Clerks of Court from Wausau, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids and Rhinelander. All say they have no city ordinances in place outlining when a political sign must be removed from a property.

We also spoke with a member of the state's Government Accountability Board who said the decision is up to each individual city.

Apparently there was a rule on the state books requiring residents to have their signs put away no later than 10 days after an election or they could face up to $100 in fines. We were told by several clerks that law was repealed back in 2004 because it raised the question of limiting political free speech. 

So the Clerks said they're just hoping residents are able to use their own discretion on when to pull their political signs.

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