SC Law: Illegal to remove campaign signs

Published: Feb. 15, 2016 at 10:24 PM EST
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SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - Your drive home may also be a way for candidates to get in some last minute campaigning.

You can expect to see the number of campaign signs increase over the next few days.

But did you know, removing these signs is against the law?

It's against the law in South Carolina to remove, vandalize or even tamper with political signs during election season.

"I didn't know it was against the law," said Justin Wainwright, of Summerville.

"I had heard that," said Audra Walters, of West Ashley.

If you're caught removing or defacing signs you could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $100.

"I guess it stops the other party from taking the competition's signs," Walters said.

You could also be thrown in jail, up to 30 days.

"That might be a little much," Wainwright said.

"If they're gonna do it then they gotta pay the price for it," said Thomas Waller, of West Ashley.

You may see these signs in medians, or even on sidewalks.

Campaign workers are allowed to put them there.

According to the law they can go anywhere that won't interfere with cars.

"They're everywhere," Wainwright said.

Charleston County has a list of political sign dos and don'ts.

A big don't, putting campaign signs on utility poles.

They say it could be dangerous to utility workers.

So how long can you expect to see these signs on the roads?

The law say they can be left up for 90 days or less.

"They're out campaigning all year long," Wainwright said. "I guess it's to get an upper hand on the competition. So it doesn't really bother me."

As for your own property, signs cannot be put on your lawn without your permission.

On election day those signs are not allowed within 200 feet of the voting station.

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