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Posted: 6/21/2017 4:58:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/21/2017 4:59:07 PM EDT by ContrarianIndicator]
Looking to pick up a few Ossoff signs and attach targets to them 

The election is over, and a lot of them seem to be in public areas like intersections or highway exit ramps.

Is it legal to grab a couple Ossoff signs if they are in public spaces?
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:02:49 PM EDT
In high school some of my friends decided to grab about 100 campaign signs and stick them in my front yard overnight.  Parents weren't happy.

Not sure if it was legal for them to take them though.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:04:03 PM EDT
Just don't do it in North Korea
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:09:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Kujoe:
Just don't do it in North Korea
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Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:09:43 PM EDT
Yes, taking something that you dont own is called theft.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:11:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/21/2017 5:12:15 PM EDT by DaveP1]
They are suppose to remove them after the election is over, but none of the assholes do, around here a few have got warnings for not removing them in the past.

Just be a human and ask if you can take them down, no reason to put yourself in jeopardy.

Most of the time, if they lost, they really don't give a shit about them.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:12:31 PM EDT
Probably go by his capaign office and dig a bunch out of the dumpster. Once thrown away they are free game.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:17:34 PM EDT
If they're in the right of way they're fair game.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:20:18 PM EDT
Can't say about GA, but up here signs have to be removed within a few days or else the campaigns who leave them there are supposed to be fined.  So often they are left out that I suspect some campaigns would be happy to see them taken down by somebody else.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:20:57 PM EDT
I've taken the losers signs before, they make good targets or backers. There is currently a billboard of last years loser for sheriff still up half a mile from the courthouse.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:22:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:22:43 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Kooter:
Yes, taking something that you dont own is called theft.
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Isn't leaving something in public called littering?
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:23:41 PM EDT
Actually if you check many state and local laws/ordinances about temporary/cardboard/plastic signage of any kind placed in the public domain/property, it's usually even illegal to do so...and not always just under the littering laws.  The placing of signs like garage sales, puppies for sale, political campaigns, etc. all fall in the same category when they're nailed to a power/phone pole or stuck in the ground on a stake when the property is public right of way or just plain ol' public property is almost always illegal in most jurisdictions.  Though not usually enforced with any gusto, it's still usually illegal.

So...removing those signs in those cases on public property is almost never illegal.  Now, I would recommend you check local laws/ordinances to be sure, but most highway departments, refuse departments, street departments, police departments, etc., etc., would thank you.  If those signs are in someone's yard or other private property, it goes without saying that it could be theft in most jurisdictions.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:24:12 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Kooter:
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It was illegal to put them in public areas to start with. You'd be saving the city labor by removing them yourself.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:29:26 PM EDT
After a certain time period it's essentially, illegal dumping.   Back when Ron Paul was running I collected a ton of them, the big 4x8 ones had some nice T-posts attached.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:29:46 PM EDT
After the national election this past November we did a neighborhood clean up, lots of target backers and hangers for the local gun club.
I have no idea if it was legal, but we only took those signs that were on public property i.e. on the right of ways not out of people's yards.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:32:16 PM EDT
Take them. It's called cleaning up.  
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:32:42 PM EDT
Not exactly the Crime of the Century to take a few campaign signs when the election is over.

You'll be fine.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 5:33:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/21/2017 5:34:51 PM EDT by Cereal-Killer]
I doubt anyone will stop you.  I see people do that all the time before the election is over, because they don't approve of the candidate.  But I also see these things left behind for months.  If you get caught, just say you're cleaning up.

If you can post pictures of some of the reactions to your target
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 8:20:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By DaveP1:
They are suppose to remove them after the election is over, but none of the assholes do, around here a few have got warnings for not removing them in the past.

Just be a human and ask if you can take them down, no reason to put yourself in jeopardy.

Most of the time, if they lost, they really don't give a shit about them.
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I got some huge 4x8 foot signs made from that plastic cardboard stuff. I am going to cut them into target backers. This was at least two weeks after election. I figured i was doing a public service  by removing them 
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 8:25:51 AM EDT
I always have a stack of them. Never had a problem getting them the day after an election.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 8:26:44 AM EDT
Plastic corrugated election signs make great target backers.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 8:27:35 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By wwace:
I got some huge 4x8 foot signs made from that plastic cardboard stuff. I am going to cut them into target backers. This was at least two weeks after election. I figured i was doing a public service  by removing them 
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Yeah that stuff is awesome.

Just don't jump the gun and pull down any signs before the election.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 8:28:45 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By DaveP1:
They are suppose to remove them after the election is over, but none of the assholes do, around here a few have got warnings for not removing them in the past.
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This.  If questioned, you are helping remove the signs.  What you do with them afterward is your business.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 8:29:02 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Bubbles:
If they're in the right of way they're fair game.
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This. They weren't supposed to be there in the first place, I've picked up probably 100 of them for garage sale signs, etc over the years with no issues.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 8:29:25 AM EDT
If it's on the right-of-way it's litter.  You are just doing your civic duty.
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