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City reminds political candidates to remove signs

According to a city ordinance, signs that relate to the election of a person to a public office or political party must be removed within 14 days after the election has ended
Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 7:50 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2020 at 4:39 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Election Day may be behind us, but the “signs” of the past remain.

The city says its time to remove some political signs.

Two weeks is the time people had to take down political signs, but we still see them all around the city.

A city ordinance says political signs that relate to the election of a person to a public office or political party must be removed within 14 days after the election has ended.

Local election signs aren’t the biggest concern. The most seen in our streets are the President Donald Trump and vice president elect Joe Biden signs that are still up on both peoples' lawns and around sites in town.

“It was a highly active, very active political season and there is signs everywhere,” said City Manager Robert Eads. “Just about everywhere.”

Of course this year, the presidential election has led many to think delays like recounts will give them a pass to keep the signs up, but that’s not true locally or nationally.

After Tuesday, signs for candidates that aren’t going to be part of run off elections are still standing. In most cases, the candidate is not the one facing the consequences.

The City of Laredo Zoning Enforcement supervisor Edgar Orozco says if people don’t take the signs down, a fine will be given to property owners who don’t abide by the rules.

He says when it comes to open field sites, it’s difficult to find a property owner in areas with no homes or businesses, and that’s especially where it becomes a “case by case situation” on who to give the citation to.

When it comes to the presidential signs, considering there is no run off election the city ordinance applies to this too.

The city’s zoning enforcement inspector says after Tuesday, inspectors will be focusing more on this, visiting both homes and properties to give those with signs warnings.

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