All Politics is Local

A quick guide to campaign signs

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So how long before those campaign signs all over Clark County have to come down?

The answer’s not so simple. It depends on the municipality in which the sign is posted. Here are the local rules according to the handy-dandy guide the Clark County Elections Office provides all candidates:

Battle Ground—Election signs must be removed within 15 days of the election.
Camas—Election signs must be removed within 10 days of the election.
La Center—Election signs must be removed within 14 calendar days after the election, or within 120 days from which the sign was erected, whichever comes first.
Ridgefield—Election signs must be removed within 15 days after the election.
Vancouver—Election signs must be removed within 15 days after the election.
Washougal—Election signs must be removed within 15 days after the election.
Unincorporated Clark County—Election signs must be removed within 15 days after the election.
Washington state—Election signs are not permitted on state highways, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Candidates can only place signs on private property adjacent to state-owned roads.

Last Tuesday’s election saw the elimination of six Clark County council candidates between the chair and District 2 races, five Vancouver Port District Commissioner candidates, one Vancouver City Council candidate and a Battle Ground School Director candidate.

From what I’ve seen so far, the candidates have been pretty quick to take their signs down. A number of signs I was seeing every day have disappeared, but the General Election—and with it a push to get votes—is still to come.

Kaitlin Gillespie

Kaitlin Gillespie

I'm the education reporter at The Columbian. Get in touch at kaitlin.gillespie@columbian.com or 360-735-4517.