Leftover campaign signs in Charleston leave neighbors frustrated

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County residents are expressing frustration over campaign signs left over from Tuesday's election.

Hundreds of campaign signs remain around Charleston County following the end of the primary election on June 12.

"I see it every day and I'm tired of looking at it," West Ashley resident Sumner Crawford said.

Crawford is particularly peeved about the signs because several are set up right next to where he lives.

"I live right across the street and as I come out, they're all right here," Crawford said. "This is my beautiful view."

According to a Charleston County ordinance, campaigns have until 15 days after an election to remove the signs.

"They're left up for such a long time, even after the election, that after a while it's just litter at that point."

He said in past elections, he's noticed rain and normal wear-and-tear will damage the signs, sometimes causing scraps from the signs to blow into his yard.

Several candidates with signs in Charleston County moved on to the runoff election, which will happen on June 26. Those signs will likely stay up until after that election.

"As far as all the other candidates, I don't see why they can't come out today, tomorrow," Crawford said. "It's a nice weekend, come pick up your signs."

In South Carolina, it is illegal to remove, vandalize or tamper with a campaign sign without authorization from the campaign.

The punishment for handling a sign illegally can be up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $100.

"I think it's completely ridiculous," Crawford said about the law. "Okay, don't remove the sign, but jail time? I think that's a bit overload."

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